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Nine MS-13 gang members indicted in racketeering and violent crime conspiracy

A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tennessee, has returned a 60-count indictment charging nine members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) with a racketeering conspiracy spanning more than seven years. Those charged in the second superseding indictment are Carlos Ochoa-Martinez, 31, aka “El Serio;” Jason Sandoval, 35, aka “Bin Laden;” Jorge Flores, 29, aka “Peluche;” Kevin […]

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Patrol reports arrest of five in Adair County on drug and weapon charges

The Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday reported the arrests of five Kirksville adults on multiple counts involving drugs and other violations in Adair County. Forty-one-year-old James D. Wilhite Junior of Kirksville has been charged with eight felonies. There’s one count of felony drug trafficking; four counts of possession of a controlled substance; two counts […]

Prison Sentence

Mexican national sentenced to 6-years in federal prison for $10 million marijuana growing operation in Daviess County

A Mexican national who has been deported seven times after illegally entering the United States was sentenced in federal court for his role in a Daviess County, Missouri, marijuana-growing operation where law enforcement officers seized nearly $10 million worth of plants. Sergio Medina-Perez, 47, of El Monte, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg […]

Drug Trafficking

Three Missouri residents indicted for drug trafficking and illegal firearms

Three Missouri residents were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine after law enforcement officers seized 28 firearms from a residence during the investigation. James Jacob Johnson, 23, Amber Marie Lawson, 36, and Eric Ryan Janes, 36, all of Sedalia, were charged in a five-count indictment returned […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol arrests two on drug-related allegations

The Highway Patrol arrested two Kirksville men in Adair County on Wednesday, June 23 on several allegations. Twenty-nine-year-old Jerry Williams was arrested on a felony Adair County warrant on possession of methamphetamine. He was also accused of felony possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and not wearing a seat belt. The Patrol […]

Drug Trafficking

Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison, without parole, for illegal firearms and drug trafficking

A Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for drug trafficking and illegally possessing firearms that were linked to several shootings. Marck E. Fristoe, 28, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On Sept. 9, 2020, Fristoe pleaded guilty to one count of […]

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Lawmakers introduce Bill to improve housing services for survivors of human trafficking

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Dick Durbin (Ill.), as well as U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty (Ohio) and Ann Wagner (Mo.), introduced legislation that would commission a study reviewing current homelessness and housing services for survivors of trafficking. “We can […]

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Missouri man charged with drug trafficking, illegal firearms after calling 911

A Missouri man who called 911 to aid his mother was charged in federal court after police officers responded to their residence and found evidence of drug trafficking and illegal firearms. Michael Cummings II, 39, of Kansas City, was charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and with possessing firearms in furtherance of […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for meth trafficking and discharging a firearm

A Missouri man who shot a law enforcement officer before shooting himself was sentenced in federal court for drug trafficking and illegally discharging a firearm in Joplin, Mo. E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 47, of St. Louis, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court sentenced […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy and illegal firearms; faces 15 years in prison

A Missouri man who illegally possessed nine firearms has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene and Cass counties. Christopher M. Iavolo, 42, of Springfield pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Tuesday, June 1, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine […]

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Audio: Bill waiting to be signed by Governor Parson aims to crack down on CDL drivers convicted of human trafficking

A bill awaiting action by Governor Parson would crackdown on drivers with a commercial vehicle license who are convicted of human trafficking. State Representative Becky Ruth of eastern Missouri’s Festus sponsored the bill. She says drivers with a CDL license are often involved in sex trafficking.     The bill also penalizes people with a […]

Cocaine

Man sentenced to 15 years in a Missouri prison for distributing almost 6,000 pounds of cocaine in KC area

A man who was a leader of a $56 million criminal enterprise was sentenced in federal court for his role in the conspiracy that distributed more than 2,600 kilograms (5,732 pounds) of cocaine in the metropolitan area. Jose Luis Armendariz-Rascon, Kansas City, Kansas, also known as “Uncle” or “Rambo,” 40, was sentenced by U.S. Chief […]

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Mexican national pleads guilty to selling 14 kilos of meth, 30 firearms to undercover agent

A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. He sold more than 14 kilograms of methamphetamine and 30 firearms to an undercover federal agent. Jose Alvarado, 28, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to one count of conspiracy to […]

Prison Sentence

Southwest Honkys gang member sentenced to 25 years in Missouri prison for meth conspiracy

A Fair Grove, Missouri, man who is a member of the Southwest Honkys violent prison gang was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in which investigators intercepted a shipment of nearly 9.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. William F. Jones, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

The Missouri Department of Conservation is set to launch a new canine unit through its Protection Branch this summer. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. According to MDC, the capabilities of canines are extensive in conservation-related […]