Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY — Tayler C. Jones, 25, of Liberty, was one of 11 Missouri residents indicted for illegally possessing firearms and for their roles in a $1.7 million conspiracy to distribute 150 kilograms of methamphetamine and 10 kilograms of heroin.

The 11 were charged in a 22-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Dec. 12. Fellow alleged conspirators indicted are: Kamel M. Elburki, 31, Ashley B. Clevenger, 37, Edward Jason A. Jr., 23, Rachel G. Simpson, 36, Daniel J. Ruiz, 35, and Matthew J. Fabulae, 30, all of Kansas City; Cory Matthew Jobe, 27, of Independence; Ashley Anne Fries, 23, of Riverside; Justin R. Ramirez, 23, of Bolivar; and Richard Dean Saettone II, 39, address unknown.

According to court records, law enforcement officers seized 77 firearms during the course of the investigation. In addition to the conspiracies charged in the indictment, Elburki, Jones, Alberty, Simpson, Jobe, Ramirez, Ruiz, Fabulae and Saettone were also charged together in one count of possessing 500 grams of methamphetamine and one kilogram of heroin to distribute.

Elburki, Jones, Alberty, Jobe, Ramirez, Ruiz, Fries, Fabulae, and Saettone each were also charged with one count of possessing, carrying or using a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Elburki, Jones, Jobe, Fries, Fabulae, and Saettone each were also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit to the government any proceeds obtained from the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy, including a money judgment of more than $1.7 million, which allegedly was received in exchange for the distribution of the meth and heroin, states a release from the Department of Justice.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. The Clay County Sheriff's Office was part of the investigation.

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