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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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JUNE 9, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION X-MEN


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR

MASSIVE ECSTASY CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for leading a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of thousands of ecstasy pills, worth approximately $2 million, as well as PCP in Jackson County, Mo.


             Derrick T. Seals, also known as “D,” 28, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 20 years in federal prison without parole.


             On Aug. 3, 2007, Seals pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy and PCP in Jackson County from Nov. 9, 2004, to Nov. 28, 2006. Seals, the leader of the conspiracy, arranged for the procurement of large quantities of ecstasy from Texas and PCP from California.


             Seals is one of 28 defendants charged in a July 19, 2007, superseding indictment. Four co-defendants were convicted at trial and the rest of the defendants pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug trafficking conspiracy except for one, who is a federal fugitive.


             Five additional co-defendants have been sentenced after pleading guilty: Jermaine Talley, also known as “Shorty,” 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced on March 6, 2008, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole. Brian C. Fennix, 42, of Kansas City, was sentenced on Dec. 11, 2007, to five years and 11 months. Quebe Seals, 28, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced on June 5, 2008, to five years in federal prison without parole. Jon C. Crawford, 26, of Topeka, Kan., was sentenced on Dec. 13, 2007, to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. Nicole Wyatt, also known as “Co-Co,” 29, of Kansas City, was sentenced on March 3, 2008, to 21 months in federal prison without parole.



             Co-defendants Dempsey Johnson, 28, and Raphael L. Donnell, 32, both of Kansas City, Mo., Boun Rattanavong, 31, of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Dung A. Nguyen, 34, of Texas, were convicted by a federal jury on Feb. 21, 2008, for their roles in the ecstasy conspiracy. Johnson was also found guilty of participating in the conspiracy by distributing crack cocaine.


             Evidence introduced in the trial of Johnson, Donnell, Rattanavong and Nguyen indicated that the conspiracy involved an estimated total of 350,000 or more ecstasy pills delivered to Kansas City from Texas. Evidence included undercover drug transactions, surveillance and telephone taps that recorded conversations in which co-defendants discussed drug trafficking and firearms, including automatic weapons and assault rifles. Johnson, Donnell, Rattanavong and Nguyen were also found to be jointly and severally liable for a $2 million forfeiture to the government, which was derived from the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking.


             Remaining co-defendants who pleaded guilty but await sentencing are Andre L. Brice, also known as “Dre,” 26, Jason D. Cross, 23, Arron Hall, also known as “Black Ass,” 28, Adrian Wright, also known as “Fat A,” 31, Jeffery E. Morgan, also known as “Mooch,” 29, Adrian Washington, also known as “AD,” 27, Damon S. Bryant, also known as “D,” 38, Simona S. Bryant, also known as “Mo,” 36, Dimitri Jones, 30, and Delesha Hughes, 24, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Gerald E. Dunn, also known as “G,” 35, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Maurice L. Davis, also known as “Reese,” 29, and Wayne A. Williams, 24, both of Kansas City, Kan.; Tremayne Tyler, also known as “Pig,” 36, and Shannon Dewayne Luckey, 34, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; Vu Nguyen Huynh, 24, of Arlington, Texas; and James Robert Petersen, 34, of Dallas, Texas.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David DeTar Newbert. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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