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Feds indict two in $7 million drug-trafficking plot in Missouri

July 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds indict two in $7 million drug-trafficking plot in Missouri

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Two men were indicted by a grand jury for their participation in a $7 million conspiracy to distribute marijuana, according to Tom Larson, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Zachary Scott Nutt, who also goes by the nickname “Tuna,” and Nicholas Anders Glaholt, 34, were charged in an indictment in Jefferson City. Wednesday’s charges replace federal criminal complaints that were filed against the pair back on June 14th.

The indictment accuses Nutt and Glaholt of conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilos or more of marijuana in Pettis, Cooper, Boone, Morgan, Pulaski and Jackson counties from between 2001 and 2017.

An affidavit filed in support of the original complaint indicated that Nutt and Glaholt – who have head roles in the scheme – received marijuana from multiple sources, including a growing operation in California.

According to a Justice Department press release, the two men had supervised and carried out the transportation and distribution of the weed. Business and financial records indicate that, since 2010, Nutt and Glaholt have traveled between California and Missouri on flights or in rented cars.

In August 2016, investigators seized roughly eight pounds of marijuana supplied by the two men. Three months later, investigators seized 40 pounds, then four pounds a few days later and another four pounds in December 2016.

The affidavit added that authorities discovered another person transferred roughly $73,700 to Nutt for the purchase of weed in California for distribution in Missouri. In April, detectives in California saw Nutt loading a car with what was believed to be pot. Nutt flew to Kansas City and Glaholt picked him up at the airport. Nutt and Glaholt drove to Glaholt’s home, where the “load” arrived from California shortly after that.

On June 5th, investigators confiscated 11 pounds of marijuana supplied by the defendants. A person arrested by police in the aftermath of the seizure indicated that the person had received roughly 440 kilos of marijuana from Nutt over two years.

Nutt and Glaholt were taken into custody on June 13th. Glaholt was caught in possession of two pounds of marijuana in his car. Nutt was in possession of two ounces of marijuana in his car.

Police officers carried out searches at Glaholt’s home and another residence in Kansas City. At Glaholt’s house, they seized $20,000 believed to be drug profit, several individual packages of marijuana, weed wax, scales, sealers, ledgers, computers, tablets, and notes. At the Kansas City home, authorities seized 261 pounds of marijuana, phones, digital scales, drug packaging equipment, .22-caliber ammunition and drug ledgers.

Wednesday’s indictment also includes a forfeiture accusation, which would require Nutt and Glaholt to relinquish $7 million, which is the total amount involved in the conspiracy.

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