Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City.

A Licking man and Garden City woman pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute at least 15 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Ricky F. Hazen, 63, and Lisa A. Fletcher, 51, pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Tony L. Ryerson, 52, of Duke, pleaded guilty in January 2018 to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Fletcher, Hazen and Ryerson each are subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole.

According to court documents, Fletcher supplied Hazen with at least a pound of methamphetamine each week between June 28, 2015, and Nov. 28, 2016. Hazen then distributed methamphetamine to Ryerson and others. Ryerson distributed ounce quantities of methamphetamine to other distributors.

Authorities said the conspiracy distributed at least 15 kilograms of methamphetamine. The defendants’ plea agreements cite several controlled buys of methamphetamine from Hazen and Ryerson by law enforcement officers utilizing confidential informants. One confidential informant saw Ryerson pull out a shotgun and shoot a hole in the wall of the residence during a transaction. The confidential informant also saw three additional firearms on Ryerson’s table.

Another source told investigators that he purchased at least a pound of methamphetamine from Hazen each week for four months, for which he paid Hazen $1,000 per ounce. Officers executed a search warrant at Hazen’s residence on Sept. 18, 2015, and found 522 grams of methamphetamine in an ammunition can on a trailer outside the house, as well as a total of 1.4 grams of methamphetamine in baggies on the kitchen counter.

Hazen told investigators he had been buying pounds of methamphetamine for three months from a source that was introduced to him by Fletcher. Ryerson was averaging a pound a week from this source until that source was “busted” in August. Hazen then began getting pounds from a new source in the Kanas City, Mo., area. Ryerson would call Fletcher and tell her how much methamphetamine he needed. Fletcher would then call Hazen to tell him when to come to her residence to retrieve the methamphetamine. Hazen paid Fletcher $13,000 per pound of methamphetamine.

On Oct. 9, 2015, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper conducted a stop of a Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Fletcher, in Polk County. Inside the vehicle, the trooper found a suitcase that contained 443.7 grams of methamphetamine. Fletcher admitted she was delivering the methamphetamine to Hazen.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nhan D. Nguyen. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the South Central Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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