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9 indicted in conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Nine people have been indicted in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine between June 2010 and May 2011 in Dunklin County, Missouri.

Those indicted include:

  • RANDY EARL CARUTHERS, Blytheville, Arkansas
  • DAVID A. PARKER, Kennett, Missouri
  • LAMAR ANTHONY WHITE, Kennett, Missouri
  • MICHAEL DEWAYNE CARUTHERS, Kennett, Missouri
  • HINTON GILMER, JR., Poplar Bluff, Missouri
  • JO DEVON MAXWELL, Kennett, Missouri
  • CLARENCE PULLIAM, Kennett, Missouri
  • SIDNEY DENHAM, JR., Kennett, Missouri
  • DAVID LEE HARLEY, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Each person was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base.

In addition, Parker was charged with two counts of distributing 28 grams or more of cocaine base.

Each person faces a minimum term of ten years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and/or fines up to $10,000,000 if convicted. 

The two counts of distributing cocaine base carry a minimum term of five years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and/or fines up to $5 million.

"This is one of the largest drug busts in Missouri's bootheel," said Special Agent in Charge Dennis L. Baker of the FBI St. Louis Division in a press release from the United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Missouri. "The indictment alleges activities in a one-year period, but is the result of an investigation that has been on-going for years. Today's (Monday's) arrests will take a significant amount of drugs off the streets and positively impact the community."

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