Local residents part of federal meth indictment

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., digitalBURG) – Federal agents arrested a Warrensburg man Thursday morning at his home as an indictment against him and five other individuals was unsealed, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
A federal search warrant was served Thursday at the home of Phuoc Hong, also known as Tony Hong, 31, at 408 Care Center Drive.
Hong, Garrett D. Statler, 20, and Alyce M. Maher, 26, all of Warrensburg, Mo.; Tony D. Meyer, 41, of Sedalia, Mo.; Dylan K. Avery, 18, of Clinton, Mo.; and Arturo-Lorenzo Roldan, 33, of Independence, Mo.; were charged in a 22-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District.
Hong had an initial appearance in court Thursday. He does not yet have an attorney, said Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ledford said the federal prosecutor filed a motion that Hong be held without bail until trial. That motion and a subsequent arraignment will be scheduled after Hong has secured an attorney. Hong is currently in federal custody. The legal disposition regarding the other five defendants was not immediately available.
The federal indictment alleges that the six defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from December 2013 to May 2014. Hong traveled to Independence to obtain methamphetamine from Roldan, and then sold the methamphetamine to customers at various locations, including his own residence in Warrensburg and parking lots of various businesses in the Kansas City, Mo., according to court records.
Hong also allegedly sold methamphetamine to Statler, Maher, Meyer and Avery, who distributed methamphetamine to their own customers, according to the indictment.
Hong’s charges include 11 counts of distributing methamphetamine, four counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Hong was also charged with illegally possessing a firearm and a pipe bomb.
In addition to the conspiracy, Meyer was charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Warrensburg Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Knob Noster Police Department, the Sedalia Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.