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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 26, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THIRD DEFENDANT ADDED TO $4 MILLION

DRUG-TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY


COLUMBIA MAN INDICTED FOR

MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Columbia, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for his role in a $4 million conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Boone County, Mo.


            Galen Cutter Baxley, 25, of Columbia, was charged in a nine-count superseding indictment that was returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. Previous indictments charged two additional defendants, Eric Scott McCauley, 27, and Robert Allen Hocks, 27, both of Columbia, in the marijuana conspiracy. This fourth superseding indictment replaces the previous indictments and adds Baxley as a co-defendant.


            The federal indictment was unsealed and made public today following Baxley’s initial court appearance. Baxley was arrested by officers in the Columbia Police Department Street Crimes Unit on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. The original indictment in this case was filed in March 2007 in the wake of one of the largest seizures of marijuana in the history of the Columbia Police Department.


            McCauley, Hocks and Baxley are each charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana in Boone County and elsewhere from 2005 through Dec. 23, 2008.


            The federal indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit to the government approximately $4,210,336, which was the amount of the proceeds derived from the drug-trafficking conspiracy.


            In addition to the conspiracy, Baxley is charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in Jackson County, Mo., in December 2008.


            McCauley and Hocks are also charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in Boone County. McCauley is also charged with one count of distributing marijuana in Jackson County, and with participating in a money-laundering conspiracy, along with three counts of money laundering that relate to financial transactions of drug-trafficking proceeds. Hocks is also charged with maintaining a facility for the purpose of distributing marijuana.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment 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.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Kummerer. It was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.

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