Thursday, May 21, 2009
A 131-count criminal indictment seeks an $11.9 million money judgment against a leader of an alleged cocaine trafficking organization in Wichita, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said today.
Tyrone L. Andrews, 40, Wichita, Kan., is charged in a superseding indictment unsealed Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, 5 counts of distributing cocaine, 16 counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 94 counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of maintaining a house in Wichita for the purpose of drug trafficking.
Charged in the same indictment are 16 co-defendants including:
According to the indictment, Andrews and co-defendants conspired beginning at a date unknown and continuing through Sept. 23, 2007, to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Andrews maintained a residence in Wichita for the purpose of distributing cocaine.
In a separate count, the government seeks a money judgment of $11.9 million against Andrews, representing the proceeds of the crimes. The forfeiture count contains a list of residential properties as well as a 2003 Mercedes Benz, a 2006 Dodge Charger and other vehicles.
Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
The Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.
The U.S. Attorney’s office is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.