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  • Two Blue Springs residents charged in drug indictment

  • Two Blue Springs residents are two of 23 defendants named in a federal indictment for their alleged roles in drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies spanning five years.

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  • Two Blue Springs residents are two of 23 defendants named in a federal indictment for their alleged roles in drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies spanning five years.
    Kevin E. Spencer, 21, and Tara M. Yancik, 29, both of Blue Springs, were allegedly part of a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine in Jackson County from July 1, 2004, to June 25, 2009.
    Spencer and Yancik were named in the 10-count indictment by federal grand jury in Kansas City Wednesday.
    Spencer allegedly purchased and attempted to purchase wholesale quantities of drugs, including cocaine, from one of the defendants. With seven other defendants, Spencer allegedly purchased wholesale quantities of marijuana from a defendant for resale throughout the Kansas City area.
    Along with 10 other defendants, Yancik allegedly provided addresses to a defendant and/or accepted packages of drugs in the mail, which the defendant or his suppliers had shipped to Kansas City.
    The indictment also alleges that Yancik and two others participated in a money-laundering conspiracy by providing listings of real property to a defendant so that he could invest the proceeds of his drug trafficking.
    Three separate cases comprise the investigation, which are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose, Jr.
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Kansas City Police Department, the U.S. Marshal Service and IRS-Criminal Investigation are investigating.
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