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Five Excelsior Springs men plead guilty in $4.3 million meth case

Five Excelsior Springs men have pleaded guilty to federal charges for their roles in a $4.3 million methamphetamine conspiracy reaching into five Kansas City area counties. They were the last among 26 defendants indicted in the case to plead guilty.
Five Excelsior Springs men have pleaded guilty to federal charges for their roles in a $4.3 million methamphetamine conspiracy reaching into five Kansas City area counties. They were the last among 26 defendants indicted in the case to plead guilty.

Five Excelsior Springs men have pleaded guilty to federal charges for their roles in a $4.3 million methamphetamine conspiracy reaching into five Kansas City area counties, according to authorities.

Marion E. Brammer, 53; Jason L. Kirtley, 44; Jackie R. Love, 60; William D. Campbell, 36; and Steven L. Schreier Jr., 32, pleaded guilty in separate court appearances this week in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

The men were the last to plead guilty among 26 defendants indicted in the case. They were accused of distributing large amounts of meth across Jackson, Clay, Ray, Clinton and Buchanan counties from 2010 to 2015.

The indictments stemmed from an investigation the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration began in 2010. The investigation uncovered a drug-trafficking organization in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas.

The group sold at least 100 kilograms of meth and three pounds of heroin, according to federal prosecutors.

Also indicted in the case were two Kansas City men and residents of Kearney, Liberty, Polo, Richmond, Grandview and Cowgill.

Four of those convicted have been sentenced, receiving prison terms ranging from four years to more than 12.

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