Three Topeka Men Charged In Federal Drug Trafficking Investigation
TOPEK, KAN. – Federal charges were unsealed today against three men who are accused of drug trafficking in Topeka, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
On Wednesday, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies served search warrants at 13 locations and arrested three defendants as part of the investigation.
Charges have been filed in federal court in Topeka against the following defendants:
James Charles Booker, Jr., 35, Topeka, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Brett Damon McMurray, 48, Topeka, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Maurice Ross, 47, Topeka, one count of distributing cocaine.
Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
- Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $5 million.
- Distributing cocaine: Up to 20 years in federal prison and a f fine up to $1 million.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Safe Streets Task Force of Topeka investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.