SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A U.S. District Court jury convicted a man from Nixa and a man from Springfield on Monday for conspiring to distribute large amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Springfield area. The conviction followed a week of hearing evidence and testimony.
Carlous S. Horton, 36, of Nixa, and Christopher Holmes, 26, of Springfield, were found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and to manufacture and distribute crack cocaine, from Jan. 1, 2010 to March 14, 2011.
Horton was the leader of a drug-trafficking organization that imported multi-kilogram shipments of cocaine from Chicago, Ill., and/or Dallas, Texas, on a monthly basis. The shipments, averaging two kilograms per trip, were transported to Springfield by vehicles, commercial bus lines and commercial airlines. Once the cocaine arrived in Springfield, the organization processed it and distributed it as either cocaine or crack cocaine. Holmes was Horton’s main distributor.