A federal grand jury on Monday indicted nine men on suspicion of selling marijuana in several mid-Missouri counties.
The grand jury alleges they participated in a conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana in Pettis, Cooper, Boone, Morgan, Pulaski and Jackson counties from 2010 until 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri said in a news release.
Charged in the indictment are Christopher P. Martin, 38, and Joshua R. Gilmore, 36, both of Sedalia; Charles C. Thomas, 36, of Otterville; James D. Garrett, 31, of Fulton; Melvin F. Lovejoy, 36, of Waynesville; Nicholas A. Glaholt, 35, of Independence; Zachary S. Nutt, 35, of Los Angeles; James E. Smalley III, 36, of Laytonville, California; and Brian M. Rodriguez, 39, of Willits, California.
Several of the men are also charged with possessing marijuana with the intent to sell it and crossing state lines. Martin is also charged with two counts of maintaining a place for the storage and distribution of marijuana. Thomas is also charged with possession of a handgun in commission of a felony. Nutt, Glaholt and Smalley are also charged with participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.
Authorities in 2017 searched Glaholt’s residence in Kansas City and seized about $20,000 believed to be drug proceeds, about 261 pounds of marijuana, packaged marijuana, marijuana wax, scales,