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Federal grand jury indicts Blue Springs and KC residents in alleged drug conspiracy

Updated: 2013-03-27T23:15:18Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against a Blue Springs couple, 13 Kansas City residents and five others in a conspiracy to distribute PCP, crack and powder cocaine.

The indictment alleges that law enforcement made at least 10 purchases of the drugs from members of the conspiracy, which purportedly ran from January 2007 through mid-March.

In searches, officers recovered drugs and hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

A grand jury returned the indictment under seal March 13. It was unsealed Wednesday after most of the defendants made court appearances.

Those charged are Walter Sorrells, 36, and his wife, Bettie Sorrells, 36, both of Blue Springs; 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; 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.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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