Jean Peters Baker
Mohammed Whitaker has been charged with 18 felony counts and is being held on $1 million bail.
Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker has been tight-lipped about the case since announcing in late October that she had been appointed as special prosecutor.
Circuit court clerk Elaine Wilson says Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has taken on the case.
“Smurfing” involves people buying cold and allergy medicines containing the pseudoephedrine and selling them to meth makers.
James Owens, 53, of Independence, was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court.