Five people have been indicted in a methamphetamine ring in the Ozarks.
The U.S. Attorney is charging Brooke Beckley, Nathiel Lee and Jourdan McGinnis, all of Nixa, Anthony Donovan of Springfield, and Yovanny Aroldo Mendivil-Balderrama, a citizen of Mexico.
They’re charged in the case that resulted in the death of another man from Mexico, Oscar Adan Martinez-Gaxiola.
The U.S. Attorney says they operated a methamphetamine ring in Greene, Dallas, Webster and Christian Counties from April 28, 2015, to April 26, 2016.
In addition to the conspiracy, Beckley, Donovan, Lee and Mendivil-Balderrama are charged together with using firearms in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, resulting in the murder of Martinez-Gaxiola on April 25, 2016 in Webster County.
A Stoeger .40-caliber pistol, a Glock .40-caliber handgun and a Taurus 9mm handgun allegedly were used during the drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Beckley and McGinnis are also charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Beckley is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
Beckley allegedly was in possession of a Sears Roebuck & Company 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun with a sawed-off barrel and stock and a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber pistol on April 8, 2016, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment 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.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison.
It was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Christian County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Webster County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Seymour, Mo., Police Department, the Rogersville, Mo., Police Department, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET).