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Local trio charged in meth bust

By The Herald Staff | 12/19/2012

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two Ottawa men and a Williamsburg woman were indicted Wednesday on drug-related charges in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

James New, 46, Ottawa, Jessica Blackstone, 27, Williamsburg, and Nicholas Griffin, 33, Ottawa, were charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry R. Grissom said Wednesday in a news release.

In addition, New and Griffin were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and New was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of firearms after felony convictions. 

The crimes are alleged to have occurred at various times from December 2010 to March 2012 in Franklin County, Grissom said.

The Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit investigated the case.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

• Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million.

     • Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million.

     • Unlawful possession of firearms after felony convictions: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting the case.

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