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Ex-Chiefs Returner Ass’t Indicted

February 29, 2000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A former personal assistant to Kansas City Chiefs kick returner Tamarick Vanover was one of four men indicted by a federal grand jury on charges involving an alleged cocaine distribution ring.

Gregory Burns, Marcus Hammond, Gregory Watson and Roosevelt Williamson were charged in various counts of an indictment returned under seal by a grand jury Friday.

In a separate indictment Monday, Norbert Scarlett was charged in his alleged role in the sale and transport of a stolen sport utility vehicle, which has been linked to Vanover.

The indictments were unsealed and made public Monday. The indictment of the four men replaces a federal criminal complaint, filed Jan. 25, which charged only Burns with one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

In an FBI affidavit related to the investigation, Burns has been identified as Vanover’s personal assistant. Vanover has not been charged in the drug investigation but did plead guilty last week to aiding and assisting in the sale of a stolen vehicle. Vanover also agreed to cooperate with the investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service.

Burns was named in an FBI affidavit last month filed in connection with a federal investigation into what was described as a large cocaine and marijuana ring that smuggled drugs into Missouri and Kansas.

Former Chiefs running back Bam Morris also was mentioned in the FBI affidavit as being a passenger in a vehicle that was found with a residue of marijuana after leaving Vanover’s driveway. Morris has not been charged.

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