Crime & Courts

Nine people indicted for drug trafficking in northeast Kansas

Nine people in northeast Kansas have been indicted on federal charges of drug trafficking, authorities said Friday.

A six-count indictment alleged the nine people obtained meth from California and distributed it to buyers in Marshall County, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a prepared statement.

The defendants face charges that include conspiracy to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute meth, conspiracy to launder money and money laundering. Kansas defendants live in Waterville, Marysville and Blue Rapids, while one lives in Porterville, Calif.

Penalties include prison terms of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10 million, depending on which crimes a defendant is convicted.