SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The U.S. attorney's office on Monday charged two men with distributing large amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Springfield area. One witness quoted in a detective's affidavit described Carlous Horton and Christopher Holmes as operating the largest cocaine/crack cocaine operation in the area.Horton, 35, of Nixa, and Holmes, 25, of Springfield, were charged in separate criminal complaints in U.S. District Court. Law officers arrested both of them on Monday morning after raids on expensive homes in Springfield and Nixa, and they made their first appearances in federal court on Monday afternoon.
According to the affidavits, Horton was the leader of a drug-trafficking organization that has been importing multi-kilogram shipments of cocaine from Chicago, Ill., and/or Dallas, Texas, on a monthly basis for the past two years. Investigtors believe the shipments, averaging two kilograms per trip -- about the size of two standard bricks -- were brought to Springfield by vehicles, commercial bus lines and commercial airlines. Once the cocaine arrived in Springfield, the affidavits say, the organization processed it and distributed it as either cocaine or crack cocaine.