WICHITA — A Great Bend man was indicted on a federal drug charge and a Russell woman was indicted on a counterfeiting charge, Thursday in U.S. District Court. These and other indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
Anthony Lee Reese, 48, Great Bend, Grant Alon Mares, 24, Fort Morgan, Colo., and Wesley Jerome Laplant, 36, Garden City, were charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of distributing methamphetamine. In addition, Mares was charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in December 2009 and January 2010 in Finney County.
If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on each count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.
Sonni L. Peerman, 25, Russell, and Eric P. Ouse, 28, from Natonia, were charged with one count of counterfeiting and two counts of passing counterfeit $100 bills. In addition, Ouse was charged with one count of counterfeiting. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April in Meade County.
In a separate case, four Pratt residents were charged with counterfeiting in Pratt County in March. Dustin J. Hanson, 27, Christopher A. Gould, 29, Cody Wayne Ly, 22, and Amy Marie Ryan, 30, were each charged with counterfeiting $20 and $50 bills. In addition, Ryan was charged with passing counterfeit $20 and $50 bills.
If convicted, the suspects in these cases face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.