Threat leads to federal drug charges

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Federal drug charges have been filed against three northwest Missouri residents after one of them called law enforcement to report that his roommate had threatened him.

Anthony Grayson, 29, called the Ray County Sheriff’s Office on July 16 and said he feared for his life because a man living at his home, Glenn DiFalco, 50, had a gun and had threatened him, prosecutors said Tuesday.

While officers were talking with Grayson about half a mile from the Excelsior Springs home the three shared, DiFalco and Clarissa Nelson, 44, drove toward them before turning around and taking off. Officers pursued the pickup truck and took the two into custody.

Investigators found a BB gun and drug paraphernalia inside the pickup, but it was so full of debris and clutter that officers couldn’t adequately search it, according to a probable cause statement. The vehicle was towed to a secure lot and was searched the next day.

Officers went to Grayson’s home and saw numerous items of drug paraphernalia in plain sight, prosecutors said. They also found glassware with drug residue, tubing, written instructions for converting pseudoephedrine pills and a suspected explosive that Grayson later admitted was a “booby-trap” device.

During a search of DiFalco’s truck, officers found nearly 80,000 pseudoephedrine hydrochloride pills, three bags believed to contain ground-up pills, smoking pipes, handwritten recipes for various methods of making methamphetamine, a laptop computer and three cell phones, prosecutors said.

Grayson, DiFalco and Nelson all were charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

None of them had obtained an attorney as of Tuesday afternoon.

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