Columbia residents sentenced for cocaine conspiracy

3 years 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 08 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Wednesday, April 08, 2015 3:51:00 PM CDT April 08, 2015 in News
By: Hanna Knutson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Several Columbia residents and a Kansas City man have been sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Boone County and elsewhere. 

Yun Yi Chang, 37, and Ricardo Lawrence Harrell, 36, both of Columbia along with Samuel Raphael Johnson, 37, of Kansas City have all pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine from July 2008 until 2012. Chang received a 13-year sentence, Harrell a four-year sentence and Johnson a 15-year sentence.

Johnson admitted to selling multiple kilograms of cocaine after officers in Kansas City were dispatched on an alarm call to Johnson's resident, where they discovered evidence of a break-in. Upon searching Johnson's residence, they found 72.42 grams of cocaine, 75.47 grams of crack cocaine and 18.66 kilograms of marijuana.

Johnson had been selling cocaine to co-defendant Levi McLean Franklin Coolley of Columbia for $20,000 per kilogram. 

Coolley, who also pleaded guilty, used other conspirators (including Chang) to pick up the cocaine from Johnson in Kansas City and then deliver it to Columbia, where it was distributed.

Chang admitted that he and Coolley were responsible for bringing more than 20 kilograms of cocaine to Columbia. 

Co-defendants Jessica Lynn Jobe,32, George Dale Wolchko, 33, and Patrick Jeremy O' Blennis, 35, all of Columbia, were sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to their roles in the cocaine-trafficking conspiracy. Co-defendant Justin Ashley Blackburn, 33, of Columbia was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in a separate conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Their sentences range from eight months to three years.

Co-defendants Russell Preston Browns, 33, Sara Jean Patrick Browns, 28, Travis Keith Rudloff, 38, Art Waylon Gill, 36, Michael Wayne Crossno, 40, Russell Scott Kuda, 41, Nicholas Robert Berberich, 34 and Lance Michael Walbrecht, 36, all of Columbia have already been sentenced.

Three co-defendants, Eric Paxton Pyle, 36, Jonathan Richard Gray, 36, along with Coolley, all of Columbia have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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