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st. joseph man sentenced for meth conspiracy
in buchanan county

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a St. Joseph, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in Buchanan County, Mo.

Charles Whitson Corbitt, 25, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, to 10 years and three months in federal prison without parole.

On Aug. 9, 2010, Corbitt pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 27, 2006. Corbitt admitted that approximately 100 pounds of methamphetamine was distributed during the conspiracy. Corbitt also pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and to participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.

Corbitt is the eighth defendant to be sentenced in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. All of the co-defendants are from St. Joseph.

Danny Ray Hughes, 37, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole. Ernest Harold Sneddon, also known as “Mouse,” 42, was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Steven Laverne Blacketer, 45, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Dustin John Benny, 30, was sentenced to nine years and two months in federal prison without parole. Kala Yvette Rose, 47, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison without parole. Leatha Mae Gutierrez, 42, was sentenced to seven years and one month in federal prison without parole. Bruce Allen Bish, 25, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

Co-defendant Nathan Michael McKee, also known as “Cheesy,” 30, of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and to the money-laundering conspiracy and awaits sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, the Buchanan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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