KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that six defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Phuoc Hong, also known as Tony Hong, 31, Garrett D. Statler, 20, and Alyce M. Maher, 26, all of Warrensburg, Mo.; Tony D. Meyer, 41, of Sedalia, Mo.; Dylan K. Avery, 18, of Clinton, Mo.; and Arturo-Lorenzo Roldan, 33, of Independence, Mo.; were charged in a 22-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Hong’s arrest and initial court appearance.
The federal indictment alleges that each of the six defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from December 2013 to May 2014. According to the indictment, Hong traveled to Independence to obtain methamphetamine from Roldan, then sold the methamphetamine to customers at various locations (including his own residence in Warrensburg and parking lots of various businesses in the Kansas City, Mo., area). Hong also allegedly sold methamphetamine to Statler, Maher, Meyer and Avery, who allegedly distributed methamphetamine to their own customers.
In addition to the conspiracy, Hong is charged with 11 counts of distributing methamphetamine, four counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Hong is also charged with illegally possessing a firearm and a pipe bomb. The indictment alleges that Hong, an unlawful user of methamphetamine, was in possession of a Harrington and Richardson .22-caliber revolver on March 24, 2014. The indictment also alleges that Hong was in possession of a pipe bomb on Feb. 4, 2014.
In addition to the conspiracy, Meyer is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Meyer, having been convicted of a felony, was in possession of a Hi-Point 9mm pistol on Jan. 18, 2014.
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 Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Warrensburg, Mo., Police Department, the Johnson County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Knob Noster, Mo., Police Department, the Sedalia, Mo., Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.