An Independence woman was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday as part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

An Independence woman was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday as part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Stacie Marie Emmerich, 36, of Independence, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison without parole, according to a press released issued by the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Also charged was Deondre Cordell Higgins, 35, of Kansas City, sentenced to life in federal prison without parole; Darl D. Denson, also known as “Triple D,” 48, and Shellie A. Chavis, also known as Shellie A. Shirah, 40, who shared a residence in Kansas City, both of whom pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to distributing crack cocaine.

Chavis also admitted that she paid prostitutes who worked for her with crack cocaine.
Denson was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole, while Chavis was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole.

Also charged was DeCarlos Lytell Walker, 46, of Kansas City,  sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

 Higgins was found guilty following a bench trial of participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Jackson County from Jan. 1, 2005 to Nov. 18, 2008. Higgins was also convicted of distributing crack cocaine.

Higgins had hundreds of customers and sold large quantities of crack cocaine, according to the release. Undercover police detectives purchased crack cocaine from Higgins and several co-defendants. Higgins and coconspirators distributed up to five kilograms of crack cocaine in Jackson County. Higgins also paid prostitutes who worked for him with crack cocaine.