Thursday, June 10, 2010

Operation breaks up major drug trafficking ring in Kansas City

Led by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Division, one of the city’s largest-ever investigations into narcotics trafficking led to the arrest of 18 people yesterday who are involved in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in Kansas City.

A federal grand jury indicted 23 people on May 26 on drugs and weapons charges. Kansas City Police and federal law enforcement agents arrested 18 of them yesterday in Kansas City and one in St. Louis. Three remain federal fugitives (more information on them is below). One, 22-year-old John L. Hooker, was found deceased on May 27 behind a home in the 4500 block of Askew. Read more about those indicted and their charges in the U.S. Attorney's press release.

This operation cut off a major pipeline of narcotics to the metropolitan area, and it’s a good example of the major impact we can have on narcotics trafficking and the crime that surrounds it when we join forces with our federal partners.

Kansas City Police partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the initiative. During the course of the 19 arrests on June 9, police recovered 52 guns, $144,000 in cash, three homemade explosive devices, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. They seized five vehicles and served five search warrants. All the arrests were made without incident, and no one was injured.

One of those indicted is still on the run and has a federal warrant for her arrest. Please help us find her by calling the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477):

Andreya D. Jones, 28 years old, goes by "Pig"

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