Fourteen southern Missouri residents were recently indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene County, MO, and elsewhere. Five of the defendants were also charged with illegally possessing firearms.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 43-year old Cheyenne W. Conn and 38-year old Johnathon W. Arnold, both of Everton,  37-year old Laurie B. Holmes, 40-year old Jeremy A. Ingram, 29-year old Tresha R. Ahart, 25-year old Megan L. McNary, 23-year old Cassidy R. Clayton, 33-year old Lonnie J. Tinker, and 39-year old Larry E. Stapp, all of Springfield, along with 30-year old Shelby R. Maupin, of Ozark, 39-year old Ginger L. Huerta (Gray) of Halfway, MO, 33-year old Summerlee M. Barnett (Lacount), of Salem, 42-year old Lloyd R. Bradley, of Fordland,  and 20-year old Chandler B. Roberts,  address unknown, were charged in a 23-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, on Wednesday, June 12.

The federal indictment reportedly alleges that all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Greene County and elsewhere from November 22, 2016 - September 26, 2018.

In addition to the conspiracy, Arnold, Holmes, Stapp, and Bradley are charged in separate counts related to the possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Conn is also charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Conn was in possession of a Lorcin .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Nov. 22, 2016. The indictment indicates that Conn was in possession of a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Sept. 22, 2017 and has two prior felony convictions for stealing and prior felony convictions for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

Ingram is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ingram was allegedly in possession of a Springfield Armory 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Sept. 22, 2017, and in possession of a Springfield Armory .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol on May 10, 2018. He reportedly has three prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and prior felony convictions for robbery and tampering with a motor vehicle. Ingram is additionally charged with one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and five counts related to the distribution of methamphetamine.

Ahart is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that Ahart was in possession of a Charter Arms .38-caliber revolver and a Taurus .38-caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number on December 5, 2017, and has prior felony convictions for possessing a controlled substance and failure to return rental property.

Roberts is charged with one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The indictment alleges that Roberts was in possession of a Mossberg .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol on January 23, 2018, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy and in furtherance of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, for which he is charged in two additional counts of the indictment. He also faces charges with two counts of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and marijuana) while in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that, in addition to the Mossberg pistol, Roberts was in possession of a J.C. Higgins .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle with no serial number on February 26, 2018.

Tinker was also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment reportedly alleges that Tinker was in possession of a Tanfoglio .22-caliber revolver on Feb. 14, 2018. He has prior felony convictions for fraudulent use of a credit/debit card and stealing, according to a press release from the U.S Attorney's Office.