Drug Enforcement Administration

St. Louis

William J. Callahan, Special Agent in Charge

January 21, 2014

Contact: SA Doug Dorley

Phone Number: (314) 538-4600

Kansas City Woman Sentenced To 30 Years For Large-Scale Cocaine Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge James Shroba and United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson,  announced that a Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy that was responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in Jackson County, Mo.

Tamiko Grandison, 41, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 30 years in federal prison without parole.

On Aug. 20, 2013, Grandison was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Jackson County between Jan. 1, 2004, and June 17, 2010. Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Grandison was the conduit who made deliveries of cocaine to customers in the Kansas City area on behalf of her then-boyfriend, Jiles Johnson, formerly of Kansas City, Mo. Johnson, who testified at Grandison's trial, is being prosecuted in a separate case in the Northern District of Georgia. The government alleges that tons of cocaine was smuggled across the Mexican border and distributed throughout the United States to Johnson and others.

Johnson brought cocaine to Kansas City in 30 and 50 gallon drums and broke it down into kilogram quantities in Grandison's basement. Grandison stored multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine at her residence until it was delivered.

Grandison delivered hundreds of kilograms of cocaine to co-conspirators over the course of the conspiracy. She also picked up the money from these customers for Johnson, and helped him conceal the drug-trafficking conspiracy by laundering some of the proceeds.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose, Jr. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.                   

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