Five Columbia Residents Among 10 Defendants Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Ton of Marijuana
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana in Boone County, Mo.
Richard Marieo Hunter, 47, Maneka Rochon Germany, 37, Brian Christopher Young, 31, Marlin Deandrea Allen, 41, and Sharod Oneal Clark, 36, all of Columbia, Mo., Gene Edward Rodgers, Jr., 40, of Kansas City, Mo., Jesus Guzman-Vazquez, 33, of Kansas City, Kan., Wendell Eugene Woodson, 36, of St. Louis, Mo., Jorge Alberto Cabada-Lopez, 49, of San Luis, Ariz., and Jennifer Wall, 42, address unknown, were charged in a 14-count indictment that was returned under seal on Oct. 3, 2013, by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo. The indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of Hunter, Germany and Woodson in Jefferson City and of Guzman-Vazquez in Kansas City, Mo.
The federal indictment alleges that all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana in Boone County from February 2010 to March 2013.
In addition to the conspiracy, Hunter, Cabada-Lopez, Guzman-Vazquez and Germany were charged together in one count of possessing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana with the intent to distribute on Jan. 24, 2013.
Hunter is also charged in 12 counts of using a telephone to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Allen, Young, Wall, Cabada-Lopez, Germany and Woodson are each charged along with Hunter in two of those counts.
The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Hunter to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy, or used to facilitate the commission of the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy, including his residence.
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 Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.