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Monettans arrested in meth conspiracy

Friday, November 27, 2009

Four men, including two from Monett, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Barry County.

Ricardo Grimaldo, also known as "Rico," 38, and Joe L. Lizcano, 43, both of Monett, along with Igancio Servin-Chavez, also known as "Naco," 32, and Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez-Rodriguez, 26, both of Lowell, Ark., have been charged in a 10-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Monday, Nov. 23.

The indictment was unsealed and made public upon the arrests and initial court appearances of all four defendants. Grimaldo and Lizcano were released on bond. Servin-Chavez and Rodriguez-Rodriguez remain in federal custody.

According to Matt J. Whitworth, United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri, the federal indictment alleges that all four of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Barry County and elsewhere from April to Oct. 15 of this year.

In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, Lizcano is also charged with one count of controlling a residence in Monett for the purpose of distributing methamphetamine. Grimaldo is charged with seven counts of distributing methamphetamine.

Servin-Chavez and Rodriguez-Rodriguez are also charged together with possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Servin-Chavez to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy or property that represents the proceeds of the alleged offense, including a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck and approximately $1,099 in cash that was seized by law enforcement officers.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Rush. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, the Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Benton County (Ark.) Sheriff's Department.

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