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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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FEBRUARY 15, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION GHOSTBUSTERS


JEFFERSON CITY MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS

FOR MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of pounds of marijuana in Cole County, Mo.


             Rodney Keith Rodebaugh, 30, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.


             On Aug. 28, 2007, Rodebaugh was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana from as early as 1998 until July 2005.


             Rodebaugh was also found guilty of two counts of distributing cocaine, 11 counts of using a telephone to facilitate the drug trafficking conspiracy, one count of distributing marijuana, and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Rodebaugh was also convicted on a criminal forfeiture allegation, which requires him to forfeit to the government a 2002 GMC Yukon, which was used to commit the violations.


             Rodebaugh is among five co-defendants who were convicted by a federal jury. Douglas E. Comstock, 46, Frederick William Weddington, 48, and Bruce Allen Johnson, 29, all of Jefferson City, and Eugene Rodney Rodebaugh, 56, of Eldon, Mo., were also found guilty of various charges contained in a 54-count federal indictment and await sentencing.


             Three co-defendants have already been sentenced after pleading guilty to their roles in the conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Craig Alan Wansing, 32, of Vienna, Mo., was sentenced on Jan. 25, 2008, to eight years and nine months in federal prison without parole. Cyrus Otis Pope, 27, of Rolla, Mo., was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2007, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole. Mark Allen Cavin, 32, of Jefferson City, was sentenced on Nov. 28, 2007, to three years in federal prison without parole.


            Three co-defendants pleaded guilty and await sentencing for their role in the conspiracy to distribute marijuana, including David Edward Latham, 33, of Jefferson City, Shawn D. Reno, 34, of New Bloomfield, Mo., and Olan Daniel George, 32, of Centertown, Mo. Additionally, Juan F. Aguilar, 33, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine.


            Co-defendants Leonard Marshall Roark, 47, of Lohman, Mo., and Jon Lee Burke, 55, of Vienna, each pleaded guilty to using a telephone to facilitate the crimes of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Burke was sentenced on Dec. 13, 2007, to four years of probation. Co-defendants Roy Lee Loethen, 47, of Holts Summit, Mo., and Arnold Wayne Juergens, 46, of Dixon, Mo., pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana. Juergens was sentenced on Jan. 25, 2008, to two years of probation.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Kummerer. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department, MUSTANG (the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group), IRS-Criminal Investigation and the DEA Task Force in Kansas City, Mo.

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