KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eighteen defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, ecstasy, cocaine and PCP in Jackson County, Mo. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $750,000 in alleged drug trafficking proceeds.
Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Wednesday that: Derrick T. Seals, also known as "D," 27, Andre L. Brice, also known as "Dre," 25, Jason D. Cross, 21, Brian C. Fennix, 41, Arron Hall, also known as "Black Ass," 27, Adrian Wright, also known as "Fat A," 29, Jeffery E. Morgan, also known as "Moochie," 28, Nicole Wyatt, also known as "Co-Co," 28, Jermaine Talley, also known as "Shorty," 33, Adrian Washington, also known as "AD," 26, Damon S. Bryant, also known as "D," 37, Simona S. Bryant, also known as "Mo," 34, and Delesha Hughes, 23, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Gerald E. Dunn, also known as "G," 34, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Maurice L. Davis, also known as "Reese," 27, and Wayne A. Williams, 23, both of Kansas City, Kan.; Jon C. Crawford, 24, of Topeka, Kan.; and Tremayne Tyler, also known as "Pig," 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., were charged in a 20-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Nov. 28, 2006. That indictment was unsealed and made public Wednesday upon the arrests and initial court appearances of several co-defendants.
Count One of the federal indictment alleges that all of the co-defendants were involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, ecstasy, cocaine, and 1,000 grams or more of PCP between Nov. 9, 2004, and Nov. 28, 2006, in Jackson County and elsewhere. The indictment also alleges that co-conspirators obtained and possessed firearms and other weapons in order to protect their drug supplies and proceeds of their drug sales.
Among the acts committed in furtherance of that conspiracy, the indictment alleges that Morgan sold 90 ecstasy pills, more than five grams of crack cocaine and a sawed-off shotgun to an undercover law enforcement officer. The indictment also cites numerous conversations among co-conspirators related to firearms, including fully automatic AK-47s and handguns. Along with numerous undercover drug buys, the indictment refers to an incident in which Fennix was stopped by law enforcement officers in Oklahoma and found to be in possession of approximately 10,000 ecstasy pills.
According to the indictment, Seals served as the managing member of the conspiracy. Seals allegedly arranged for the procurement of large quantities of ecstasy and PCP, which were distributed through his inner circle, including Brice, Cross, Fennix and Tyler. Brice and Cross allege! dly distributed ecstasy pills and other controlled substances to lower-level dealers and members of the conspiracy. Brice also allegedly obtained crack cocaine and powder cocaine to be distributed by co-conspirators.
Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Damon Bryant and Morgan aided and abetted each other to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine on June 10, 2005, in Jackson County.
Counts Three through Ten of the federal indictment allege that, on eight separate occasions from July 19 to Oct. 28, 2005, Morgan distributed more than five grams of crack cocaine in Jackson County.
Counts Eleven and Twelve of the federal indictment allege that Wyatt distributed five grams or more of crack cocaine on Dec. 8 and 29, 2005, respectively, in Jackson County.
Count Thirteen of the federal indictment alleges that Wyatt and Brice aided and abetted each other to distribute about 150 ecstasy pills on April 17, 2006, in Jackson County.
Count Fourteen of the federal indictment alleges that Morgan and Brice aided and abetted each other to distribute about 139 ecstasy pills on May 4, 2006, in Jackson County.
Count Fifteen of the federal indictment alleges that Morgan, Brice, and Cross aided and abetted each other to distribute about 100 ecstasy pills on June 16, 2006.
Count Sixteen of the federal indictment alleges that Morgan, Brice and Hall aided and abetted each other to distribute ecstasy pills on July 6, 2006, in Jackson County.
Count Seventeen of the federal indictment alleges that Seals and Tyler aided and abetted each other to knowingly attempt to possess, with intent to distribute, 1,000 grams or more of PCP on Sept. 26,2006, in Jackson County.
Count Eighteen of the federal indictment alleges that Seals and Tyler aided and abetted each other to knowingly attempt to possess, with intent to distribute, PCP on Oct. 26, 2006, in Jackson County.
Count Nineteen of the federal indictment alleges that Seals and Hughes knowingly attempted to possess, with intent to distribute, ecstasy pills on Oct. 27, 2006.
Count Twenty of the federal indictment is a forfeiture count, which would require all of the co-conspirators to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged drug trafficking violations, including $750,000.
Schlozman 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 David DeTar Newbert. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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