KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Press Release)- Five Excelsior Springs men pleaded guilty in federal court this week to their roles in a $4.3 million conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine throughout Jackson, Clay, Ray, Clinton, and Buchanan counties.
By pleading guilty, Marion Brammer, 53, Jason Lee Kirtley, 44, Jackie Love, 60, William Campbell, 36, and Steven Schreier, 32, each admitted to participation in the conspiracy. They are the last of 26 defendants indicted in this case who have pleaded guilty; four of those convicted defendants have been sentenced.
In 2010, the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force and the DEA initiated an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization distributing methamphetamine in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Jose Luis Ruiz-Salazar, 38, his brother, Gabriel Ruiz-Salazar, 34, and Gregory Bullock, 48, all of Kansas City, Mo., along with Joshua K. Bowers, 33, of Polo, Mo., admitted being the primary sources that supplied co-conspirators with methamphetamine during the conspiracy.
According to court documents, conspirators sold $4,359,600 worth of methamphetamine and heroin from 2010 to 2015.
In addition to Jose Luis Ruiz-Salazar, Gabriel Ruiz-Salazar, Bullock, and Bowers, co-defendants who have pleaded guilty include Sabrena Morgan, 40, Ryan Battagler, 38, and Elgin Eugene Dothage, 41, all of Kearney, Mo.; Paula Scott, 48, Anthony Stevenson, 45, and Rodney King, 51, all of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Jason Davis, 43, of Liberty, Mo.; Taylor Lee Syas, 25, of Polo, Mo.; Brian Bowers, 34, of Richmond, Mo.; Franklin Carter, 28, of Grandview, Mo., and Jay Carder, 31, of Cowgill, Mo.
Four defendants have been sentenced after pleading guilty to their roles in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Gary Brown, 37, of Cowgill, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. Ronald Roberts, 54, of Lathrop, Mo., was sentenced to 10 years and six months in federal prison without parole. Britteny Brehm, 38, of Bland, Mo., was sentenced to almost seven years in federal prison without parole. Darin Berry, 51, of Excelsior Springs was sentenced to four years and five months in federal prison also without parole.