Missouri drug ring allegedly supplied thousands of pounds of pot

WASHINGTON, Mo. | A federal indictment accuses an eastern Missouri man of leading a drug ring that supplied large amounts of marijuana for many years to dealers in four counties.

The suspect, 40-year-old Daniel Webster of Stanton, is charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana. The indictment was handed up this week.

Authorities say the drug ring brought in and distributed up to 1,000 pounds of marijuana every month for several years. The drug was allegedly supplied to dealers in Franklin, Crawford, Jefferson and St. Louis counties.

Five other men are charged with related crimes, including two Texas men ages 69 and 83. Authorities say the men were "mules" used to transport marijuana from Texas after it was brought in from Mexico.