An Independence resident was among eight defendants indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Kansas City for their roles in a $2.1 million conspiracy to distribute nearly 100 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Chanthacone Senthavy, 44, a citizen of Laos, was charged along with Juan “Flaco” Guzman, 37, Luis Carlos Ramos Caraveo, 23, and Maria De La Cruz, 22, all residents of Mexico living in Kansas City; Shelby Peterman, 26, Christopher Sharp, 40 and John Paul Gnat, 28, all of St. Joseph; and Jacob Walsh, 32, of Denton, Kansas, in a four-count indictment returned Wednesday. All were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth and money laundering over four years from Jan. 1, 2015, to Nov. 14, 2018.
Guzman, Senthavy, Caraveo and Nava are also charged together in one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and Guzman, the supplier in the conspiracy, also is charged with illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit to the government $2.1 million, allegedly the proceeds of the drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Guzman and Senthavy were arrested at Guzman’s residence on Oct. 18. Officers seized two rifles, three handguns, ammunition, methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia from Guzman’s home.