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Medford man admits to racketeering in Missouri

A Southern Oregon man has pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge in Missouri, admitting he traveled across the country to pick up proceeds from the distribution of large quantities of marijuana before he was stopped in Kansas City, Missouri, with $2.7 million in a pickup.

Byron Trevor Telford of Medford pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri, to a charge of interstate travel in aid of racketeering, according to a plea agreement filed in his case.

Telford admitted that on April 6, 2018, he flew from Medford to Hartford, Connecticut, rented a pickup truck and drove to Missouri to collect cash proceeds from at least a metric ton of marijuana that was distributed across the country.

Telford expected to profit approximately $720,000 for the job, according to texts from a suspected marijuana trafficker, identified as Craig Smith, the plea agreement says.

Craig DeWitt Smith Jr., of Central Point, who has aliases including “Carson” and “C,” was among nine individuals charged in U.S. District Court in western Missouri earlier this year with conspiring to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of illicit marijuana between 2015 and early 2018, according to a June Mail Tribune report.

Telford admitted that on April 8, 2018, he met with another co-defendant in the western Missouri marijuana case, Jesse Dean McKown, 36, who has aliases of “Mad Dog” and “Travis,” according to court documents.

Telford was released on his own recognizance until an as-yet unscheduled sentencing hearing. He faces a maximum of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years of post-prison release.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.