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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JANUARY 23, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THREE LEE’S SUMMIT RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY IN

$2.8 MILLION HEROIN CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three Lee’s Summit, Mo., residents pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges related to a multi-million dollar conspiracy to distribute large quantities of heroin.


            Bryant L. Griffin-Bey, also known as Vincent Warren, 43, Aleceia C. Griffin-Bey, also known as Aleceia C. Thompson, 37, and Valencia Lockett, also known as Vera or Valencia Staley, 43, all of Lee’s Summit; pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays this afternoon to the charges contained in a Feb. 8, 2007, superseding indictment.


            By pleading guilty today, Bryant Griffin-Bey and Valencia Lockett admitted that they participated in a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin between Aug. 10, 2001, and Aug. 10, 2006. Aleceia Griffin-Bey and Bryant Griffin-Bey also pleaded guilty to money laundering. They each admitted to their roles in a financial transaction that involved $29,500 from the proceeds of illegal heroin trafficking.


            Co-defendants Marvin C. Lockett, 50, of Lee’s Summit, the husband of Valencia Lockett, and Judy L. Jenkins, 43, and Warren Allen, 43, both of St. Louis, Mo., have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the heroin conspiracy. Allen also pleaded guilty to participating in a money laundering conspiracy that involved the proceeds of heroin trafficking.


            The heroin conspiracy involved the distribution of multi-kilo quantities of black tar heroin – a particularly potent form of heroin – with a street value of millions of dollars. The year-long investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 15 pounds of black tar heroin, approximately $202,000 in cash, jewelry valued at approximately $29,000, several vehicles, two pistols and two bulletproof vests.


            The Griffin-Beys invested some of the proceeds of the heroin trafficking operation in real estate. By pleading guilty today, they agreed to forfeit to the government more than $2.8 million, which was derived from heroin trafficking, as well as 16 residential properties in Lee’s Summit, Kansas City and Lone Jack, Mo., a 2002 Mercedes Benz S 500V and a 2005 Cadillac Escalade.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and IRS-Criminal Investigation.


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