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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jefferson City Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

John Albert Overstreet, 35, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to the charge contained in a Feb. 12, 2014, federal indictment.

By pleading guilty today, Overstreet admitted that he participated in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Cole County, Mo., in January 2014.

Law enforcement officers, who had conducted several undercover drug transactions with Overstreet, executed a search warrant at two Jefferson City apartments on Jan. 10, 2014. When the door to one of the apartments was breached, Overstreet was seen standing in the hallway. Overstreet ran into a bedroom, where he attempted to conceal something down the front of his pants. Officers removed the object, which was determined to be a bag containing 14 smaller bags of methamphetamine totaling 195 grams.

Overstreet admitted that he traveled to the Joplin, Mo., area twice to receive at least seven ounces of methamphetamine (for which he paid $6,000 per trip) as directed by co-defendant Jose Manuel Escobedo, 40, of Springfield, Mo. Escobedo has also pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy.

Co-defendant Victoria Elizabeth Voisard, 26, of Fulton, Mo., has pleaded guilty to one count of distributing crack cocaine and one count of distributing methamphetamine.

Under federal statutes, Overstreet is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 40 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $5 million. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart Zander. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department and MUSTANG (the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group).
Updated January 14, 2015