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Department of Justice
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Western District of Missouri

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jefferson City Man Indicted for Meth


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Christopher Eugene Ronimous, also known as “Rodney,” 38, of Jefferson City, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Ronimous on July 8, 2014.

The federal indictment alleges that Ronimous was in possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on July 7, 2014.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Jefferson City police officers stopped a vehicle for improper registration. Ronimous, a passenger in the vehicle, got out of the car while officers conducted a search. While standing outside the vehicle, the affidavit says, an Altoids can fell from Ronimous’s shorts. Inside the can was approximately five grams of methamphetamine and three “hits” of LSD.

Ronimous was arrested and transported to the police station, according to the affidavit, where he was observed reaching into his crotch area while inside an interview room. An officer conducted a more thorough search of Ronimous and discovered two bags containing approximately 50 additional grams of methamphetamine.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart J. Zander. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department.
Updated January 14, 2015