A day after FBI raids, 3 Topekans face federal drug charges

From left: James Booker, Jr.; Brett McMurray; Maurice Ross
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Three Topeka men face federal drug charges a day after federal agents swept through the Capital City, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

James Charles Booker, Jr., 35, and Brett Damon McMurray, 48, each face a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; while Maurice Ross, 47, faces a count of distributing cocaine, federal prosecutors said. If convicted, Booker and McMurray could spend between five and 40 years in prison and Ross could get up to 20 years behind bars.

The trio were arrested as federal, state, and local authorities served warrants at 13 locations. The address for Booker in jail records, in the 1400 block of SW Van Buren St., corresponds with one of the homes where law enforcement was seen Wednesday. Two more homes are in the vicinity of SE 24th St. and Adams St. And, federal officials were also seen outside a home in 400 block of SE 33rd Terrace.

The FBI said they “had a presence at several locations in the Topeka area," but would not confirm where aside from the locations listed. The Bureau, itself, still has not released any details about what led to the day-long series of searches, which were conducted in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies, calling them part of an “on-going investigative matter.”


James Booker, Jr. (Source: Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections)
Brett McMurray (Source: Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections)
Maurice Ross (Source: Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections)