Missouri Drug-Reform Lobbyist Indicted In Marijuana Scheme

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 35-year-old Columbia man who is a lobbyist for drug reform policies in Missouri is among nine people indicted in an alleged marijuana distribution scheme.

Eapen Thampy was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on felony charges of marijuana distribution and marijuana possession.

Thampy has donated more than $25,000 to Missouri political campaigns in recent years. He lobbies for 14 groups in Jefferson City.

Thampy appeared in federal court Monday but didn’t enter a plea. A detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the Thampy and his co-conspirators conspired to ship large amounts of marijuana from Oregon to mid-Missouri between January 2015 and September 2018.

Most of Thampy’s donations have been to Republicans but he has also contributed to Democrats.