10 area residents named in unsealed federal meth indictment valued over $5 million

| December 15, 2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Ten area residents were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine with an estimated total value of $5.4 million dollars.

According to a release from the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Michaela Hernandez, 36, of Raymore, Mo., Brandy Morgan, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., Anthony Fifer, 46, of Mexico, Mo., Sharmyn Shryock, 27, and Jeffrey Jennings, 31, both of St. Joseph, Mo., Charlsie Harris, 33, of Garden City, Mo., Eric Ballard, 25, and Linda Ballard 65, both of Atchinson, Ks., Brian Russell, 36, of Amazonia, Mo., and Adrian Madrigal, 27, were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on November 16, 2017.

The federal indictment alleges that all 10 co-defendants participated in the conspiracy from January of 2015 to November of this year. It also alleged that more than 321 kilograms of meth was distributed and that five co-defendants are being charged together in one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the drug trafficking conspiracy.

Forfeiture allegations were included in the indictment and would require all 10 co-defendants to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged crimes including a $5.4 million money judgement.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s prior residence in Grandview, Mo., on April 5, 2017. She was arrested and officers seized approximately 1.46 kilograms of methamphetamine, a Springfield Armory 9mm and drug paraphernalia. Hernandez went on to tell officers she distributed approximately 200 pounds of methamphetamine per month during the three to six months prior to her arrest.

On October 14, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s Raymore residence. Hernandez was arrested and officers seized approximately 228 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun and drug paraphernalia. According to the affidavit, Hernandez told investigators that she pays between $4,700 and $6,500 per pound of methamphetamine. She allegedly stated she resupplies with the pound quantities every four days.

In addition to the conspiracy counts, Hernandez is being charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count of possession firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Future court dates are pending.

 

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