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Feds bust 14 in area drug ring

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Federal charges have been leveled against 14 defendants for their participation in a multi-state methamphetamine-trafficking organization.

The following individuals were charged in the 26-count federal indictment: Ricky Del Prigg, 54, Dennis R. Reid, 53, and Hector Ferrer-Chavez, 55, a citizen of Mexico, all of Joplin; Donald D. Simonds, Jr., 37, Timothy L. Kent, 49, and Lori Kent, 49, all of Carthage; Darrell Thomason, 42, of Jasper; Harold E. Holland, 40, of Sarcoxie; Tony Raley, 41, of Wentworth; Noel Reyes-Garcia, 41, a citizen of Mexico residing in Arkansas; Iris Leticia Correa, 40, a citizen of Mexico residing in Garland, Texas; Gerardo Antonio Garcia, a citizen of Mexico, and Jefferson White, 44, both of Springdale, Ark.; and Lyndsey M. Johnson, 32, of Rogers, Ark.

According to the indictment, the defendants all participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri, extending into Jasper and Lawrence counties.

Holland is charge with two counts of being a felon and an unlawful user of marijuana while in possession of firearms and ammunition.

The indictment alleges that Holland was in possession of a Harrington and Richardson .22-caliber revolver and five rounds of ammunition on Nov. 9, 2010, in Lawrence County. The indictment also alleges that Holland was in possession of a Savage Arms 410 shotgun, a Savage 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition on Dec. 4, 2010, in Lawrence County. Holland was also charged with one count of possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

Raley is also charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine in Lawrence County.

The federal indictment also contains forfeiture allegations. Under these conditions, Holland would be required to forfeit all firearms and ammunition to the government.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office were involved in the investigation of the drug trafficking scheme along with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security, the Joplin Police Department, the Jasper County Sheriff's Department and the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office, the Benton County (Ark.) Sheriff's Department and Prosecutor's Office.

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