I’m going to continue to play this one close, but a prominent society matron emailed me this morning – out of the blue – and dropped the exact name of the rumored local jeweler said to be under investigation for smuggling drugs and diamonds. If true this will be the biggest Kansas City scandal of the new millennium to date.
“What’s the deal with (Blank)?” the email begins. “Was he arrested? This is the shocker of the decade! He must have a serious drug addiction..can’t see this guy doing anything illegal unless he had a really good reason. I just had him do an appraisal of a very valuable necklace..should I have the stones checked to see if they’re the same ones?”
On further examination, “I haven’t seen any evidence that he was actually arrested, just (that he) told people he would be,” says the source. “Feel sorry for his wife and son.”
A call to the party in question at his place of business on the Kansas side came as a complete surprise to the woman there who answered the telephone and declined to give her name. Don’t know anything about it, she gasped. No, he’s not in, she then added. Will he be in later, I asked? Maybe, she said.
At which point I asked her to call or text the gentleman in question and give him my cell number, which she agreed to do. However when I called back a half an hour or so later, and again an hour later, my call went straight to voicemail (caller ID?) which is unusual for a busy workday.
Here’s the deal; if indeed said scion was arrested, is to be later today or is turning himself in, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney‘s office said he would probably be brought before a judge this afternoon. At which point you can bet every single local media will be hitting this thing hard.
“The DEA policy stipulates that we don’t comment about an investigation unless he’s been arrested and charged,” says U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Don Ledford. “But if there were a case like this, there would probably be a press release.
“And if it’s a sealed indictment, the jeweler would likely be brought before a judge (later) today and the judge would unseal the indictment. If it’s not a sealed indictment they could file a criminal complaint before they go to a grand jury.”
Either way, said jeweler would appear before a judge and all hell would break loose.”