According to a statement from Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, John Waddell, 49, of Willard was charged in the six-count indictment on Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
Waddell and his wife owned an operated Bilbo’s Earth Store at 4032 W. Lark, Suite #F in Battlefield under their company Johrri Enterprises, LLC.
The indictment alleges that Waddell participated in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, K2, in Greene County from April 1, 2011 to Sept. 25, 2013.
Waddell is also charged with maintaining a place in Battlefield, Mo., for the purpose of distributing a controlled substance analogue and with possessing several firearms in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Waddell was allegedly in possession of a Springfield Armory .40-caliber pistol, a Bersa 9mm pistol and a Springfield Armory 9mm pistol, according to the statement.
Waddell was also charged with one county of money laundering and two counts of structuring a currency transaction to evade reporting requirements, according to the indictment.
The indictment also contains forfeiture allegations, which would require Waddell to forfeit to the government any property obtained from the proceeds of the alleged violations or any property used to commit the alleged violations, including:
- $1,928,204 (which represents the amount involved in the conspiracy)
- Waddell’s residential property in Willard
- Waddell’s commercial property in Springfield
- 83 electric, acoustic and bass guitars
- a five-piece drum set
- dozens of speakers and amplifiers
- several guitar cases
- three pistols
- $32,271 seized from Waddell’s residence
- a certificate of deposit in the amount of $100,000
- $216,535 in the bank accounts of Johrri Enterprises, LLC, dba Bilbo's Earth Store
- $1,323 in Waddell’s bank account
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