Five St. Joseph Residents Indicted for $2.1 Million Meth Conspiracy

The indictment alleges that all five co-defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute meth from Jan. 2015 to Nov. 2017.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 4:18 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 4:26 PM

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tom Larson announced today that five St. Joseph residents have been indicted in a $2.1 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

James Patrick Pardee II, 27, Eleeseea Leann Crail, 25, Jonathan Scott Graf, 29, Michael Ramsel, 26 and Adam Lowe, 28 all of St. Joseph were charged with a three-count superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The indictment was unsealed and made public following the arrests and initial court appearances of Pardee and Ramsel who remain in federal custody.

The remaining defendants are currently in custody on unrelated state charges.

The indictment alleges the distribution of more than 99 kilograms of methamphetamine during the conspiracy. The five co-defendants are also charged together in one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

In addition to the conspiracy counts, Pardee is charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the five co-defendants to forfeit to the government any property obtained as a result of the drug-trafficking conspiracy, including a money judgment of $2.1 million.

This represents the amount of money received in exchange for the unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, the indictment says, based on an approximate sale price of $600 per ounce and distribution of at least 3,500 ounces (approximately 99.2 kilograms) of methamphetamine.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Plattsburg, Mo., police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a lane violation on a black Audi A4 driven by Pardee on Sept. 23, 2017.

Pardee fled from officers at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour for approximately nine miles, the affidavit says, until his vehicle crashed into a guardrail. Pardee and a female passenger got out of the vehicle; Pardee was arrested and the female passenger escaped.

Officers found a backpack inside the vehicle that contained numerous clear plastic baggies with a total of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine. Investigators later determined that he had recently sold approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine, the affidavit says.

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