U.S Marshals are searching for two people wanted for charges in a drug operation that stretched from Arizona to Neosho, Missouri. Federal drug investigators, working with authorities in several states nicknamed the investigation "Operation Turnpike TNT."
Deputy U.S Marshal Darren Lane says, "In 2010, this task force began investigating this organization in an investigation they nicknamed Operation Turnpike TNT." The ring shipped drugs and money along the interstates and across several state lines. Lane continued, "(The investigation) involved several state, federal and local agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, across state lines, including the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as some other local agencies as well."
Drug agents in several states followed the distribution ring from Arizona, Oklahoma, through Indian Country and prosecutors say ended in the Ozarks at the home of Gregory Holcomb and Malinda Willis. Investigators say the organization would load cars full of methamphetamine in hidden compartments and transport the loads up through the corridor through Oklahoma and up to the Holcomb residence near Neosho. Agents say the ring sold the drugs in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Agents served a search warrant in July, 2011 at Holcomb's and Willis' residence just outside Neosho. Agents found 200 grams of methamphetamine and twenty guns, many reported stolen. Early in 2012, Holcomb and Willis were indicted by a federal grand jury along with seven others. They were released on federal bond shortly after, and haven't been seen since.
All seven other defendants in this case have now reached plea agreements with prosecutors. All, but Holcomb and Willis.
Marshals say it's hard for fugitives to support themselves while on the run, at least legitimately. That's a plus for the Marshals, but they need help from the public to find the pair. Malinda also goes by the nickname Mindy.
Gregory Holcomb is 51-years old, is 5' 10" tall, weighs 145 lbs., and has blond hair with green eyes. Mindy Willis is 47, is 5' 5" tall, weighs 125 pounds, and has blond hair with blue eyes.
If you know the whereabouts of either Holcomb or Willis, call the U.S. Marshals at (417) 831-0588.