June 26, 2013 6:16 PM

Five with KC ties charged in $10.5 million synthetic drug conspiracy

Derek A. Williams, 31, and Ashli Adkins, 27, both of Laguna Beach, Calif., but formerly of Kansas City, and Jason M. Sparks, 33, Charidy Blankenship, 27, and Daniel R. Williams, 27, all of Kansas City, conspired to commit mail fraud between March 2011 and November 2012, the indictment alleges. The defendants were also charged with distributing a controlled substance and money laundering.

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