Two people pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to distributing heroin in Wichita as part of a case that involves a dozen defendants, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. All but two of the defendants are from the Wichita area.
Patrice Chadwick, 28, Wichita, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing heroin and one count of using the U.S. postal system for drug trafficking. Christopher Schneider, 30, of Rose Hill, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing heroin.
According to Grissom, co-defendant Karen McCann, 48, of Independence, left 50 packets of heroin for Chadwick to pick up in the bathroom at the Dillons store near Georgetown and Harry on Oct. 4, 2010. Chadwick then delivered the heroin to co-defendant Jermaine Ward, 28, of Wichita. On Oct. 13, 2010, co-defendant Jamel Ward, 32, Wichita, mailed 100 packets of heroin from New York to Chadwick at a South Holyoke address in Wichita.
In his plea, Schneider admitted that on Oct. 20, 2010, he delivered two bags of heroin to co-defendant Jennifer Mathews at her workplace in Andover. Mathews, 28, whose hometown is listed as Oklahoma City, had ordered the heroin from Jermaine Ward.
Chadwick is set for sentencing Jan. 30. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million on the distribution charge and up to five years and a fine of $250,000 on the mail charge.
Schneider is also set for sentencing Jan. 30. He faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Nine of the other 10 defendants previously pleaded guilty to various charges. The status of the other cases:
• Bryan Phillips, 27, Wichita, set for trial Dec. 13.
• Jermaine Ward; Cody Martin, 21, Haysville; Dylan Martin, 19, Haysville; Kyle Jackson, 22, Andover; Donald Luke Huckins, 33, Rose Hill; Mathews and McCann are set for sentencing Dec. 19.
• Jamel Ward, set for sentencing Jan. 9.
• Erick Stine, 33, Augusta, set for sentencing Jan. 23.