A Joplin couple and their four sons are among 21 people indicted by a federal grand jury in a massive meth distribution conspiracy. US Attorney Tammy Duckworth tells News Talk KZRG 51-year-old Gerardo Cazares, his wife, 51-year-old Leticia Cazares, and their sons: 28-year-old Jose, 29-year-old Gerardo, 30-year-old Eric, and 24-year-old Abraham, have all been charged in a 34-count indictment. According to prosecutors, police noticed a significant increase in meth availability in the Joplin area. The investigation found a drug trafficking organization in Joplin that was importing pure meth from Mexico. The full list of defendants is below:
Gerardo Hernandez Cazares, Sr., 51, Leticia Cazares, 51, Jose DeLeon Cazares, 28, Gerardo Cazares Jr., 29, Eric Eziquel Cazares, 30, and Abraham Cazares, 24, all of Joplin; Casey Murray, 19, Gilbert Roland, 49, David Roland, 32, Charles Jackson Lee III, 29, James Pickel, 55, Michael Fordyce, 52, Michael Ray Hendrix, 33, Jimmy Don Thompson, 22, Nathan Kent Hernandez, 33, Jorge Ercules, 27, a citizen of Honduras, Henry Gonzalez, 31 and Hugo Rodriguez, 41, both citizens of Mexico, all of Joplin; Daniel Nevarez, 27, (Gerardo Cazares’s son in law), of Carl Junction; Gabrielle Sharp, 20, of Springfield; and Jose Puente, 41, of Commerce, OK.