By MIKE CORN
Residents from Hays and Ellis were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Wichita, the U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas announced.
Indicted were Joseph Anthony Ransom, 29, Ellis, and Carly Marie Dreiling, 21, Hays, They both are charged with one count of growing 181 marijuana plants in the basement of a residence, one count of possessing 181 marijuana plants and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Sept. 25, 2014, in Ellis County.
If convicted, Ransom and Dreiling face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on each of the drug charges; and a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge.
Unrelated to the Ellis County case, the grand jury also indicted a number of Great Bend and Hutchinson residents on counterfeiting charges.
The U.S. Attorney's office said John P. Stark, 47, and Deona L. McNutt, 24, both of Great Bend, and Alyssa Dannebohm, 30, and Keith M. Dannebohm, 22, both of Hutchinson, were charged with counterfeiting $100 bills. In the same case, Justin E. Herren, 30, Great Bend, was charged with a single count of passing two $100 bills.
In addition, Stark is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction and three counts of making counterfeit bills.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge, and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other counts.