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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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MAY 22, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SEVEN PULASKI COUNTY RESIDENTS, TWO OTHERS INDICTED

FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that seven Pulaski County, Mo., residents and two out-of-state residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in six separate cases for distributing crack cocaine and ecstasy in Pulaski County.


            The defendants were charged in a series of indictments returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on May 7, 2008. Those indictments were unsealed and made public today following the initial court appearances of the defendants. Eight of the nine defendants were arrested on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 – six of them as part of a law enforcement operation in Pulaski County and two of them by law enforcement officers in St. Louis, Mo.


            Claudell J. Haggard, 31, of St. Robert, Mo., and Tammy Renee Keeling, 42, of Waynesville, Mo., were charged as co-defendants in an indictment that alleges they participated in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Pulaski County. Jedediah E. Carter, 24, Chaddell Leroy Carter, 19, and Jessika Lei Tabone, 21, all of St. Robert, and Shaun Benton McClure, 28, of Chicago, Ill., were each charged in separate indictments with distributing crack cocaine in Pulaski County. Anthony Dontrell Haggard, 25, and Laken Sierra Haggard, 22, both of St. Robert, were charged as co-defendants in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy in Pulaski County. Anthony and Laken Haggard, who are married, were arrested in St. Louis by U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents. Norris Ray Robertson, 25, of Katy, Texas, also charged in the ecstasy conspiracy, remains at large.


            Haggard and Keeling were each charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine from April 20 to July 19, 2006, and one count of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine on April 20, 2006. Keeling was also charged with one count of distributing cocaine on July 19, 2006.


            Jedediah Carter was charged with three counts of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine in September 2006.


            Chaddell Carter was charged with one count of distributing cocaine on Dec. 20, 2006, and one count of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine on Jan. 30, 2007.


            Tabone was charged with two counts of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine in January 2007, and one count of distribute crack cocaine on April 9, 2007.


            McClure was charged with six counts of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine between Sept. 19, 2006, and March 19, 2007, and two counts of distributing crack cocaine on Sept. 20 and Dec. 20, 2006.


            Robertson, Anthony Haggard and Laken Haggard were each charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy in Pulaski County from March to May 17, 2006. Robertson is also charged with using the mail to facilitate the distribution of ecstasy on May 11, 2006. Laken Haggard is also charged with attempting to possess with intent to distribute ecstasy on May 13, 2006.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison. They were investigated by the St. Robert, Mo., Police Department, the Pulaski County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.



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