KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Lee’s Summit residents are among 13 defendants who have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $62 million conspiracy to distribute more than 2,000 kilograms of cocaine between October 2013 and November 2018, in addition to participation in a money laundering conspiracy.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri reports that 41-year-old Howard Christian “Chris” Walters and his wife, Nina Walter, 37, were among those charged in a 20-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Howard, who is the owner of L & H Auto Sales, in Kansas City, is charged with seven counts of distributing cocaine, in addition to one count of aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and one count of aiding and abetting the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Howard and Nina were also charged together in one count of money laundering, while Howard received three personal money laundering charges and Nina received one.

A Richmond resident was also charged in the case. Louis Walker, 47, was charged along with Howard in one count of money laundering, for the alleged purchase of a vehicle.

Future court dates have yet to be set.