21 arrested, charged in Missouri drug ring case

21 arrested, charged in Missouri drug ring case

21 arrested, charged in Missouri drug ring case

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 1:14 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Twenty-one people from Franklin and Jefferson counties in Missouri were arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges that they were part of a meth manufacturing and distribution network from 2009 to 2011.
 
The charges are part of an indictment that was returned on May 16th.  Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the arrests, including the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
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"The arrest of these individuals signals our Agency’s continuing commitment to eliminate the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, a problem which plagues many of our rural counties and poses a serious health risk to both the individual user as well as our environment." said James Shroba, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA St. Louis Division.
 
Those arrested have been charged with manufacturing in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
 
Arrested were:
        
Jerry A. Hendrickson, 27, Franklin County, MO
Jerry M. Walling, 48, Catawissa, MO
Jason S. Sparks, 32, Villa Ridge, MO
Dale M. Harris, 44, Pacific, MO
Ethan M. Lepinski, 47, Pacific, MO
William L. McKinney, 21, Pacific, MO
Elaine M. Scroggs, 23, Pacific, MO
Miranda J. Everhart, 21, Pacific, MO
Aaron A. Lyerla, 33, Arnold, MO
Larry R. Collier, 40, St. Clair, MO
Tammy L. Busch, 41, Pacific, MO
Andrea R. Dowling, 28, Villa Ridge, MO
Michael S. Pich, 32, Villa Ridge, MO
Michelle A. Sizemore, 37, Fenton, MO
Ann L. Matchell, 47, Labadie, MO
Shelly M. Peterman, 42, Villa Ridge, MO
Douglas E. Hughes, 29, Pacific, MO
Amy N. Bueker, 25, Pacific, MO
Sarah A. Matchell, 23, Labadie, MO
Eric E. Lyerla, 37, Pacific, MO
Angela J. Holley, 33, Arnold, MO
        
If convicted, conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine carries a penalty range of five to 40 years in prison; possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.  Sentencing for each person will be determined at a later date.

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