Jury Convicts Sedalia Man of Meth Conspiracy
A 56-year old Sedalia was convicted this week by a federal trial jury for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and prescription opioids.
A press release from U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City indicates that 56-year old Jackie R. Shelledy, of Sedalia, was found guilty of the charge contained in an Aug. 29, 2018, federal indictment.
Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Shelledy, a member of the Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club, sold methamphetamine and prescription pills to co-defendant 53-year old Teresa A. Wolfe, of Sedalia. Wolfe then reportedly distributed the illegal drugs to other individuals. Shelledy had also purchased methamphetamine from Wolfe.
An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made a series of undercover purchases of methamphetamine, as well as some prescription pills from Wolfe.
A search warrant was executed at Shelledy’s residence on February 13, 2018, where officers seized drug paraphernalia and a bottle of prescription pills in someone else’s name.
Wolfe and co-defendants 42-year old Joseph E. Whitlow, 42, of Sedalia, and 55-year old James “Manny” Smith, of Clinton, have pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug-trafficking conspiracy that lasted from January 1, 2015, to February 14, 2018. Wolfe also pleaded guilty to 14 additional counts related to distributing methamphetamine. Whitlow also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Co-defendant, 46-year old Randall L. Rozier, of Sedalia, also pleaded guilty to being an illegal drug user in possession of firearms. Rozier was reportedly in possession of seven firearms when he was stopped by a Sedalia Police for a traffic violation.
The jury deliberated for about four and a half hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark, ending a trial that began Monday, October 29, 2018.
Under federal statutes, Shelledy is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.