SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An Everton, Mo. man was convicted today in federal court of leading a conspiracy to distribute nearly 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine in southwestern Missouri.
Cheyenne W. Conn, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas Harpool to 21 years in federal prison without parole.
On July 22, 2021, Conn pleaded guilty to participating in the drug trafficking conspiracy from November 22, 2016 to September 26, 2018. Conn also pleaded guilty to participating in a money laundering conspiracy.
Conn admitted he was responsible for distributing approximately 960 pounds of methamphetamine over a period of nearly two years. Approximately 960 pounds of methamphetamine at this time had a conservative wholesale value of over $3.8 million and a retail value of over $6.1 million.
During the conspiracy, Conn transported approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine per week by vehicle from California, after being smuggled into the United States from Mexico, to the Springfield area. Conn then distributed the methamphetamine to other dealers in the conspiracy.
Conn also admitted that he ordered others to send wire transfers of drug trafficking proceeds from several Walmart stores and other Springfield-area businesses to members of the drug trafficking organization. in California and Mexico. This has been done to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership and control of the product.
Conn was arrested on November 22, 2016, after two women reported that the truck he was driving on Farm Road 124 in Greene County, Missouri was unable to hold the lanes and two men who were manning the truck threw needles out of the truck. A Greene County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant attempted to perform a traffic stop on the truck, but Conn was unable to stop. Conn jumped out of the truck onto State Highway F and was arrested. Officers searched the truck, which was in the ditch, and found a Lorcin .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, 4.27 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
On December 22, 2016, officers searched Conn’s residence and found approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Conn was also present on September 22, 2017, when law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a business, a store owned by co-defendant Jeremy A. Ingram, 44, of Springfield. Conn, who was in one of the garages, told officers he was at the store visiting Ingram and working on motorcycles, and identified a white truck parked in front of the store as his vehicle. Officers searched the truck, which had been reported stolen, and found a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Officers also seized 300 rounds of 9mm ammunition, numerous rounds of ammunition of various calibers, a lock pick kit, a loaded Springfield Armory 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and drug paraphernalia from the store.
Conn was arrested by an Oldham County, Texas sheriff’s deputy on December 10, 2017, while driving a Buick Regal with California license plates. Conn was unable to identify the owner of the vehicle and did not have a driver’s license. Conn had approximately $900 in cash in his pocket, a hypodermic needle, and a bag containing approximately 6.27 grams of methamphetamine. The deputy searched the car and found an SD 9mm pistol magazine hidden in the left rear panel behind the carpet. He also found a black bag containing $29,217 in cash.
Conn is one of 12 defendants who have been convicted in the case. Ginger L. Huerta, also known as Ginger L. Gray, 42, of Halfway, Mo., was sentenced on October 17, 2022 to 11 years in federal prison without parole. Lloyd R. Bradley, 45, of Fordland, Mo., was sentenced May 10, 2022 to four years and six months in federal prison without parole. Tresha R. Ahart, 33, of Springfield, was sentenced on January 4, 2022 to nine years in federal prison without parole. Larry E Stapp, 43, of Springfield, was sentenced Nov. 9, 2021, to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Shelby R. Maupin, 34, of Ozark, Mo., was sentenced Sept. 16, 2021, to eight years and nine months in federal prison without parole. Summerlee M. Barnett, also known as Summerlee M. Lacount, 36, of Salem, Mo., was sentenced on September 16, 2021 to six years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Cassidy R. Clayton, 27, of Springfield, was sentenced on September 8, 2021, to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Jeremy A. Ingram, 44, Laurie B. Holmes, 40, and Lonnie J. Tinker, 37, all of Springfield, were sentenced Aug. 5, 2021. Ingram was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole . Holmes was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Tinker was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Chandler B. Roberts, 23, address unknown, was sentenced on August 29, 2022 to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
Four defendants have pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing: Michael R. Housley, 30, and Megan L McNary, 27, both of Springfield; Johnathon W. Arnold, 41, of Everton; and Samuel C. Gonzalez, Jr., 29, of Bakersfield, Calif.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as the IRS-Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, Dade County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, and Oldham County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department.
Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force
This case is part of an operation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OECDTF program is available at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.