U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri
(816) 426-3122
December 30, 2015

Five Southwest Missouri Residents Indicted for Meth, Illegal Firearms

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that five southwest Missouri residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in three separate but related cases, for distributing methamphetamine in Vernon and Bates County, Mo., and for illegally possessing firearms.

USA v. Bogart, et al

Marklee Eugene Bogart, 35, of Nevada, Mo., and Danny Albert Crawford, 35, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., were charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2015.

The federal indictment alleges that Bogart and Crawford participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Vernon County, Mo., from April 29, 2014, to Jan. 22, 2015.

In addition to the conspiracy, the indictment charges Bogart with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of illegally possessing firearms in furtherance of those drug-trafficking crimes. Bogart allegedly possessed nine rifles, six shotguns and seven handguns.

The indictment also charges Crawford with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of those drug-trafficking crimes and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Crawford, who has been convicted of a felony, allegedly possessed a Mountain Arms .22-caliber rifle and 199 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Bogart to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including a total of $50,897 that was seized by law enforcement officers on two separate occasions.

USA v. Grissom, et al

Donald G. Grissom, 60, of Milo, Mo., and Margaret Wyvonne West, 60, of Rockville, Mo., were charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2015.

The federal indictment alleges that Grissom and West participated in a conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine in Bates County, Mo., from Aug. 13 to Dec. 20, 2014.

In addition to the conspiracy, the indictment charges Grissom and West with one count each of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

The federal indictment also charges West with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. West, who has been convicted of a felony, allegedly possessed a Cobra .380-caliber handgun, a Mossberg .410 shotgun and a Revelation .22-caliber rifle.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture count, which would require West to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including $10,905 that was seized by law enforcement officers.

USA v. Pryor

James Pryor, 34, of Nevada, Mo., was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2015.

The federal indictment alleges that Pryor possessed five grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Vernon County, Mo., on Dec. 1, 2014.

The indictment also alleges that Pryor possessed a firearm in furtherance of that drug-trafficking crime. Pryor allegedly possessed a Super Comanche 45LC/410 handgun.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jody M. Larison. They were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Vernon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bates County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

This content has been reproduced from its original source.