by U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri
An Indiana man and woman who were stopped on Interstate 44 en route to Chicago, Illinois, were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Steven Hook, 38, and Tallisha R. Malone, also known as Tallisha Washington, 39, were charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Missouri. Today’s indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Hook and Malone on June 3, 2019.
The federal indictment alleges that Hook and Malone participated in conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Greene County, Missouri, from May 31, 2019, to June 3, 2019. The indictment also charges Hook and Malone with possessing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on June 3, 2019.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Hook was driving a vehicle rented by Malone, a passenger, on eastbound Interstate 44 on June 3, 2019. A state trooper stopped the vehicle for speeding. When the trooper searched the vehicle, the affidavit says, he found three bundles of methamphetamine in a small luggage bag. The trooper also found two plastic bags with bedding inside; inside the bedding of both plastic bags were a total of 33 bundles of methamphetamine.
Malone told law enforcement officers she rented the vehicle in Los Angeles, California. She drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she met Hook. She allegedly was supposed to drive the vehicle to Chicago to drop the vehicle off to another person.
The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull II. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.