10 Area Residents Among 19 Defendants Indicted for Drug-trafficking Conspiracies
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 19 defendants have been indicted for their roles in related conspiracies to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine in Boone County, Mo., and elsewhere.
Miguel Flores-Ramirez, 31, his wife, Kena Marie Flores-Ramirez, 31, and Nina Marie Maabrey, 36, all of Clark, Mo.; Francisco B. Pedroza, also known as “Paco,” 35, Adrian Guerra-Duarte, 28, Timothy Wiyrick, 64, Dustin Matthew Short, 30, Samantha Roseann Stone, 33, Carlos Rodolfo Aguilar, 35, and Shepel Maurice Davis, 39, all of Columbia, Mo.; Alfredo Tanguma, Jr., 36, and his sister, Lissette Tanguma, 33, both of La Monte, Mo.; Dustin Tyler Kinnard, 29, of Park Hills, Mo.; Natashaw Lynn Hughes, 43, and Gregory Lee Killebrew, 52, both of Malden, Mo.; Tommie Jason Lovelace, 32, and Tonee Nikkole Jarrett, 21, of Springfield, Ill.; and Robert Eric Eugene French, 34, and Lakhram Paul Khelawan, 32, addresses unknown, were charged in a 40-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Oct. 1, 2014. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.
The federal indictment charges various defendants in five separate drug-trafficking conspiracies.
The federal indictment alleges that Miguel and Kena Flores-Ramirez, Guerra-Duarte, Khelawan, Davis and Mabrey participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Boone County and elsewhere from September 2013 to May 23, 2014.
The federal indictment alleges that Miguel and Kena Flores-Ramirez, Alfredo Tanguma, Guerra-Duarte, Wiyrick and Lissette Tanguma participated in a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana in Boone County and elsewhere from September 2013 to March 2014.
The federal indictment alleges that Miguel Flores-Ramirez, French and Guerra-Duarte participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine in Boone County and elsewhere from January 2010 to June 14, 2014.
The federal indictment alleges that Miguel Flores-Ramirez, Short, Kinnard, Stone and Aguilar participated in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Boone County and elsewhere, beginning on an unknown date and continuing until Jan. 23, 2014.
The federal indictment alleges that Miguel Flores-Ramirez, Davis, Jarrett, Lovelace, Hughes and Killebrew participated in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Boone County and elsewhere, beginning on an unknown date and continuing until June 3, 2014.
In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracies, various defendants are charged in eight counts of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and 25 counts of using a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Dickinson 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 Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.