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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Operation Family Feud



St. Joseph Man Sentenced to 17 Years, Among 10 St. Joseph Residents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 St. Joseph, Mo., residents have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Operation Family Feud was a partnership between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department, the Buchanan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force. Numerous firearms and various quantities of crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana were seized or purchased during the investigation.

Terrance A. Johnson, also known as “Skurge,” 34, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple today to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Johnson was sentenced to an additional two years in prison for violating his supervised release in a separate and unrelated case, for a total sentence of 17 years in federal prison without parole.

Johnson was the source of cocaine and crack cocaine for the conspiracy. Johnson is among 16 defendants who have pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and five kilograms or more of powder cocaine between Jan. 1, 2009, and Oct. 17, 2012. An additional co-defendant has pleaded guilty to a related drug-trafficking charge.

Johnson pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2006 and was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison. Following his incarceration for that conviction, he was serving a three-year term of supervised release while he was involved in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. His supervised release was revoked today.

Also sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison were Anthony M. Busey, also known as “Bew” or “AB,” 36, Dejuan Ford, also known as “Lil Doe,” 23, and Ramon W. Ford, also known as “R-Lo,” 25, all of St. Joseph. Anthony A. Wilson, also known as “Tone Loc,” 28, of St. Joseph, was sentenced today to two years and three months in prison.

 Five co-defendants were sentenced on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Keyon R. Wilkinson, also known as “Key” or “Lovey,” 23, of St. Joseph, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Wilkinson was identified in court documents as a member of a St. Joseph street gang, the “17th Street Zillas.” A confidential informant bought crack cocaine from Wilkinson approximately 150 times over the course of the conspiracy.

Also sentenced yesterday were St. Joseph residents Donald J. Greer, also known as “DJ,” 34, to five years in federal prison, Dareal S. Green, also known as “DG,” 27, to seven years and three months in prison, and Duran Hughes, also known as “Bozey,” 29, to eight years in prison.

Co-defendant Jarrodd D. Page, also known as “JP” or “Pistol,” 22, of St. Joseph, was sentenced on Feb. 2, 2015, to seven years in federal prison without parole.

Co-defendants Jaron M. Ewing, also known as “Pork,” 21, Elliott D. Ross, also known as “El,” 22, Markanthony T. Greer, also known as “Nate,” 31, Jamie G. Beattie, 54, Karlo L. Ginn, also known as “Los,” 32, all of St. Joseph, and Tyrell W. E. Page, also known as “Relby Gunz” or “Young Gunna,” 29, of Gladstone, Mo., have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and await sentencing. Susan A. Thomas, also known as “Mama Sue,” 58, pleaded guilty to maintaining an apartment that was made available for the unlawful distribution of crack cocaine, and awaits sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Edwards. It was investigated by the Buchanan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force.

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