By Gangsters Inc. Editors
Nineteen members of a Charleston, Missouri-based drug trafficking organization accused of being the main supplier of methamphetamine and fentanyl to southeast Missouri have been indicted on a felony drug conspiracy charge last week.
Arrests by federal, state and local law enforcement began Thursday, July 20. In addition to Missouri, members of this drug trafficking organization were also arrested in Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina. All 19 defendants face a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances.
Just Bout Money gang
The organization was led by Demarcus P. Turner and Jadarius A. McCain, who also ran the Charleston gang “Just Bout Money” or JBM. Both men were among those indicted last week.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were seized during the investigation, as well as about 65 kilograms of methamphetamine, 3.55 kilograms of cocaine, 653.9 grams of fentanyl, 215 grams of MDMA and 5.85 kilograms of marijuana.
The group received drugs in the mail and via couriers who flew or drove to their sources of supply, including Georgia-based co-defendant Damien Davenport, the motion says. Couriers were repeatedly intercepted with dozens of pounds of drugs in suitcases, it says.
Shootings & murder
The detention motion says JBM members have been linked to shootings in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, including a February 19, 2022 JBM-hosted party where two people were fatally shot and 14 others injured.
McCain pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday. Turner is currently in state custody facing one felony count of second-degree murder and 15 counts of first-degree assault related to a July 2022 shooting in Sikeston.
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