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Drug Bust In Kansas City Linked To Jamaican Group

CaribWorldNews, KANSAS CITY, Kansas, Weds. Dec. 2, 2009: A Jamaican drug organization made more than US$22 million distributing marijuana from Phoenix to Kansas City and other locations, a federal indictment claims.

The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Kansas Tuesday, charged 20 people with being part of a Jamaican group that trafficked about 2,000 pounds of marijuana each month.

Twenty defendants have been charged in the indictment, which alleges the traffickers shipped more than 23,000 pounds of marijuana from Phoenix, Ariz., to metro Kansas City at the direction of the leaders of the conspiracy, Gladstone McDowell, 50, Kansas City, Mo., and Michael Francois, 39, Kansas City, Mo.

Possession with intent to distribute marijuana carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.