Pair pleads guilty to drug and prostitution activity in Columbia
JEFFERSON CITY - The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said Tuesday a Springfield man and woman pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in distributing cocaine and crack and promoting prostitution in Columbia.
Attorney Tammy Dickinson said 39-year-old Ryan Write and 25-year-old Courtnie Goins pleaded guilty February 25. Wright pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine from January 2, 2014 to August 6, 2014. Dickinson said he also pleaded guilty to participating in a prostitution conspiracy and to possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon. Dickinson said Goins pleaded guilty to using telephones to promote prostitution.
Dickinson said Wright and Goins came to Columbia twice in 2014. During their first trip in the spring of 2014, Wright met up with a co-conspirator whom he bought cocaine from. Wright brought Goins as a prostitute for the co-conspirator. Dickinson said during the visit, Goins spent the night with the co-conspirator, and they both used cocaine.
On the second visit, Dickinson said Wright and Goins went to Columbia for Wright to get more cocaine. He also planned to leave Goins so she could have sex with a friend of the co-conspirator. Dickinson said the friend paid Goins about $250 in exchange for sex.
Dickinson said Wright admitted to bringing about half a pound of cocaine to Springfield and converting it into about 112 grams of crack cocaine to sell.
Dickinson said officials arrested Wright on November 13, 2014. He faces between five and 55 years in federal prison without parole. Goins faces up to five years without parole.