Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5 People in SWMO Indicted For Meth & Illegal Firearms

By Sydney Smith. CREATED 4:23 PM

Five people in southwest Missouri have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in three separate but related cases, for distributing methamphetamine in Vernon and Bates County, Missouri, and for illegally possessing firearms.

Marklee Eugene Bogart from Nevada, Mo., and Danny Crawford from El Dorado Springs, Mo., were charged in a six-count indictment.

The federal indictment alleges that Bogart and Crawford participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50+ grams of methamphetamine in Vernon County, Missouri.

The indictment charges Bogart with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of illegally possessing firearms.

The indictment also charges Crawford with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, one count of possessing a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Crawford, who has been convicted of a felony, allegedly possessed a .22-caliber rifle and 199 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Bogart to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including a total of $50,897 that was seized by law enforcement officers on two separate occasions.

Donald G. Grissom, from Milo, Mo., and Margaret West, of Rockville, Mo., were charged in a five-count indictment.

The federal indictment alleges that Grissom and West participated in a conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine in Bates County, Missouri.

The indictment charges Grissom and West with one count each of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

The federal indictment also charges West with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms.

West, who has been convicted of a felony, allegedly possessed a .380-caliber handgun, a shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture count, which would require West to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including $10,905 that was seized by law enforcement officers.

Lastly, James Pryor from Nevada, Missouri, was charged in a two-count indictment.

The federal indictment alleges that Pryor possessed 5 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Vernon County, Missouri.

These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jody M. Larison.

They were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Vernon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, Bates County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Taskforce.