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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 10, 2015

Springfield Residents Indicted for Heroin Conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that six Springfield, Mo., residents are among seven defendants indicted for their roles in a heroin trafficking conspiracy.

 

Deauntee Q. Mosby, 21, of Oak Lawn, Ill., and Donald D. Johnson, 26, Dionne T. Ackerley, 37, Joseph M. Roat, 24, Joshua C. Leamon, 24, Zachary H. Vankirk, 27, and Arash J. Karimian, 34, all of Springfield, were charged in a 13-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on July 22, 2015. That indictment has been unsealed and made public following the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.

 

The federal indictment alleges that each of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin in Greene County, Mo., between May 29, 2013, and Feb. 12, 2015.

 

In addition to the conspiracy, Johnson is charged with two counts of distributing heroin and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Johnson allegedly was in possession of a Bushmaster Firearms .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle in May 2014.

 

Ackerley is also charged with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and with being a drug addict in possession of firearms. Ackerley allegedly was in possession of a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a Smith and Wesson revolver on May 29, 2013.

 

Roat is also charged with two counts of distributing heroin. Roat and Karimian are also charged together in one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute. Mosby, Vankirk and Leamon are each also charged with one count of distributing heroin and Mosby is also charged with one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.

 

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 Nhan D. Nguyen. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 10, 2015