More guilty pleas in the Ocean’s 11 of meth robberies

Two more men pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for their part in a criminal conspiracy to steal at least 1,000 pounds of pseudoephedrine from a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kansas City and use the score to manufacture more than $40 million worth of meth. The heist was timed to coincide with Super Bowl XLI.

Long story short: The crime involved hiding in the facility, handcuffing a security guard at gunpoint, stealing a lot of pseudoephedrine, and drug dealers growing so suspicious of each that the backstabbing brings the whole drug-dealing house of cards crashing to the ground.

Garland Duane Hankins and Blake William Folsom entered pleas before a
U.S. District Court judge separately.

Hankins, 42, of Oak Grove, worked for a business that contracted with the Sanofi-Aventis facility to remove pseudoephedrine waste from the facility. He admitted to stealing pseudoephedrine waste from Sanofi-Aventis for a decade and selling it for $3,000 to $10,000 per pound.

Among the buyers was Folsom, 42, of Raytown, who police found with parts of a meth lab and 512 grams of pharmaceutical grade pseudoephedrine powder when they searched his home in April 2007.

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