COLUMBIA — A former clerk in the Boone County Clerk’s office pleaded guilty April 29 to warning cocaine dealers of an impending search warrant.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson announced in a news release that Christin Sledd, 25, of Columbia, “(used) a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking conspiracy.”
As an employee in the criminal division of the clerk's office, Sledd had access to confidential search warrants.
According to the news release, she learned that a warrant had been issued for a house on Coats Street, which was where co-defendant Rodney Wayne Arnold, 32, of Columbia, was believed to be storing cocaine.
Sledd called Ryan Montez Kee, 29, also of Columbia, the father of her child, who then told other members of the conspiracy about the warrant.
Co-defendant Malcolm Desean Redmon received a call and was told to warn Arnold of the search warrant, according to the release. The caller, who was not named in the release, indicated that the information had come from Kee through an employee in the county clerk's office.
The search warrant was not carried out once police learned it had been compromised.
According to previous Missourian reporting, Redmon was one of the leaders of the conspiracy, said Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Four other people pleaded guilty in late April. Michael Earl Hunt, 35, of Columbia; Courtney Lashea Thornton, 35, of Columbia; and Ronald Elwood Brown, 40, of Sturgeon, Missouri, each pleaded guilty in connection with the drug-trafficking conspiracy, and Kenneth Scott, Jr., 26, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to using a telephone to facilitate the conspiracy, according to the release.
Overall, 27 defendants were indicted in November 2014 in connection with this case. So far, 26 have pleaded guilty, and one is a fugitive.
Sledd, Kee and Scott are each facing potential sentences of up to four years in federal prison without parole. Brown could serve up to 40 years without parole, and Hunt and Thornton could each serve up to 20 years without parole.
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