Five Columbia residents indicted for conspiring to distribute a ton of pot

Thursday, January 9, 2014 | 6:33 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Five Columbia residents were indicted Thursday for conspiring to distribute more than a ton of marijuana between Feb. 2010 and March 2013, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri

The five people are: Richard Marieo Hunter, 47; Maneka Rochon Germany, 37; Brian Christoper Young, 31; Marlin Deandrea Allen, 41; and Sharod Oneal Clark, 36.

Hunter was also charged with 12 counts of using a telephone to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Allen, Young, and Germany were charged with two counts each of that offense.

If convicted, Hunter will have to give up all property gained or used in the alleged drug-trafficking, including his residence.

Although he did not know the exact dates of the investigation, public affairs contact Don Ledford described it as "lengthy."

Each defendant could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in a federal prison if convicted, Ledford said.

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