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  • Blue Springs couple charged in drug conspiracy

  • A Blue Springs husband and wife were two of 20 indicted by a federal grand jury on drug conspiracy charges.

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  • A Blue Springs husband and wife were two of 20 indicted by a federal grand jury on drug conspiracy charges.
    Walter Sorrells, 36, and wife Bettie Sorrells, 36, both of Blue Springs, were charged along with 18 others, including 13 from Kansas City, in an $814,000 conspiracy to distribute PCP, cocaine and crack cocaine.
    Court records allege that Walter and Bettie Sorrells and all of the other co-defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of PCP, 500 grams or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine between Jan. 1, 2007, and March 13, 2013.
    The indictment alleges that undercover police made at least 10 purchases of PCP, cocaine and crack from at least five of the defendants. It also alleges that all three drugs and “hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, with no known legitimate income” were found during at least 10 arrests or searches of the suspects.
    Authorities also allege that the defendants used a money laundering scheme in the six years of the indictment, including using money from sales to purchase additional drugs to sell.
    Also indicted in the two-count charge were Reginald Marchbanks, 31, his brother, Parish Marchbanks, 28, Keith Williams, 39, Joey Frazier, 31, William Chaney, 25, Ronald Washington, 68, John Hicks, 36, Michael Harbin, 27, Jarell Mayberry, 29, Antonio Robertson, 35, Charles Littlejohn, 42, Maurice McCrary, 24 or 25, and Brett Stanley, 40, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Joseph Marshall, 30, of Kansas City, Kan.; Stephon Williams, 29, of Lynwood, Calif.; Vincent Hart, 39, and Arin Lamar Taylor, 31, both of Fontana, Calif.; and Colette Douglas, 36, of Grand Prairie, Texas.
    If convicted, the defendants would have to forfeit all $814,000, which was based on a conservative street price of $200 per ounce of PCP (3,099 ounces distributed), $1,000 per ounce of cocaine (129 ounces distributed) and $1,100 per ounce of crack cocaine (60 ounces distributed). Reginald Marchbank also would have to forfeit his 2002 BMW car and $9,280, which was seized by Kansas City police during his arrest. Littlejohn would have to forfeit his 2003 Cadillac; Williams would have to forfeit $4,500; and Stanley would forfeit his residence, which police allege was used extensively for the distribution and storage of the drugs.
    The case was investigated by the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation division.

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