Kansas City Field Division

New York Business Pays $3.5 Million for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a retail business operating on a reservation in the state of New York paid more than $3.5 million in penalties today for its role in a conspiracy to transport hundreds of thousands of cartons of contraband cigarettes from the Kansas City, Mo., area to the state of New York, where they were sold primarily on Indian reservations.

Last Reviewed June 8, 2015

Two Local Men Plead Guilty to Federal Explosives & Weapons Charges

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St. Louis, MO – This morning in federal district court, defendants Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin pled guilty to planning and conspiring to blow up public buildings and police vehicles during the Ferguson protests, specifically mentioning the St. Louis County Prosecutor and the Ferguson Chief of Police possible targets. The defendants also pled guilty to conspiring to illegally purchase firearms and distribute them to convicted felons who were not legally able to purchase or possess firearms.

Last Reviewed June 3, 2015

Wichita Man Indicted on Drug and Firearms Related Charges

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Stephen Barnhart, 49, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of possession and distribution of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a user of controlled substances, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Last Reviewed May 30, 2015

Joplin Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm After High Speed Police Chase

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm following a high-speed pursuit in which he nearly struck several officers.

Theodore Lane, 36, of Joplin, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last Reviewed May 28, 2015

Two Mexican Nationals Sentenced to 24 Years, 20 Years for Smuggling Cocaine into KC Area; Among Five Mexican Nationals Sentenced

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five Mexican nationals were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a Mexico-based drug-trafficking organization that smuggled large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico to distribute in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

Last Reviewed May 28, 2015

Jury Finds Hillsboro Man Guilty on Federal Firearm Charges

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WICHITA, KAN. – A federal jury Thursday convicted a Hillsboro man on federal firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

David G. Nicholas, Jr., 44, Hillsboro, Kan., was convicted on three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Nicholas was a parole absconder in October 2013 when the U.S. Marshals Service arrested him in Marion County, Kan. At the time, he possessed a .22-caliber handgun and a .30-06 caliber rifle and ammunition.

Last Reviewed May 19, 2015

Trio Sentenced for Drug Robbery

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Two Cedar Rapids men and one Cedar Rapids woman were sentenced in federal court today for their June 9, 2014, robbery of a drug dealer of his methamphetamine and cash. Leonard Landt, age 28, was sentenced to 77 months’ imprisonment in federal prison. Snofawn Torres, age 22, was sentenced to 44 months’ imprisonment in federal prison. Bart Waddell, age26, was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment in federal prison.

Last Reviewed May 19, 2015

Joplin Man Indicted for Drugs, Firearm after Ramming into Police Vehicle

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today following a pursuit in which he rammed into a police vehicle.

Michael L. Watson, 37, of Joplin, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Watson on April 13, 2015, and includes additional charges.

Last Reviewed May 19, 2015

Three Warrensburg Residents Among Six to Plead Guilty to Meth Conspiracy, Illegal Firearm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that six defendants have pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to illegally possessing a firearm.

Phuoc Hong, also known as Tony Hong, 32, of Warrensburg, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from December 2013 to May 2014.

Last Reviewed May 19, 2015

Indictment: Former Bel Aire Police Chief Lied About Purchase of Firearms

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WICHITA, KAN. – A former chief of the Bel Aire Police Department and a former officer were indicted Tuesday on federal firearms charges. The indictment alleges they conspired to buy firearms at a discount by claiming the weapons were the property of the police department and would be used for law enforcement purposes, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Former police chief John R. Daily, 62, Haysville, Kan., and Ricky L. Swanson, 39, Wichita, are the third and fourth defendants charged in the case. Both of them are charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.

Last Reviewed May 19, 2015

ATF, Olathe Police Department Offer Reward in Gun Store Theft

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OLATHE Kan. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division and the Olathe Police Department today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of firearms from OMB Guns and Range.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Jefferson City Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Robert Fount Mahan, 34, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Federal Court Sentences Johnson County Man for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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DAVENPORT, IA - On April 14, 2015, David Allen Goodwin, age 35, of Johnson County, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 180 months in prison, after pleading guilty to felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Goodwin was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his imprisonment, forfeit the involved firearm, and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Jefferson City Man Sentenced For Illegal Firearms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms.

Terrence Lamar Hawkins, 46, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to five years in federal prison without parole.

On Nov. 4, 2014, Hawkins was convicted at trial of two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Bonne Terre, Missouri Man Sentenced on Multiple Drug & Weapons Charges

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St. Louis, MO – Melvin J. Scherrer, 50, was sentenced to 360 months prison, on federal drug and weapons charges involving the distribution and manufacture of large amounts of methamphetamine from October 2010 to September 2013.  He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.
 

The following co-defendants have pled guilty to related charges and have been sentenced:

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

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A man who was arrested in Kansas after escaping from a prison in Oklahoma has been indicted here on federal firearms charges.

Lance D. Colbert, 40, an inmate at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, Okla., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition following a felony conviction, and one count of unlawfully possessing a .38 caliber revolver with the serial number removed.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Republic Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Guns from Pawn Shop

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Republic, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing 21 handguns from an Ozark, Mo., pawn shop.
 
Michael Cameron Heston, 26, of Republic, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to aiding and abetting in the theft of a firearm from a licensed firearm dealer.
 

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Springfield Man, Woman Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Prostitution Conspiracies, Illegal Firearms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield, Mo., man and woman have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in conspiracies to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in Boone County, Mo., and to promote prostitution in Boone County.

Ryan D. Wright, 39, and Courtnie Lea Goins, 25, both of Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth on Feb. 25, 2015, to the charges contained in a Nov. 5, 2014, federal indictment.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

St. Louis County Man Indicted on Attempted Arson Charge

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St. Louis, MO – Antonio Whiteside, 26, St. Louis County was indicted in connection with the attempted arson of the Ferguson Supermarket, Inc. on November 24, 2014.

Whiteside was indicted by a federal grand jury February 11th on one felony count of attempt to damage and destroy by means of fire and/or explosive materials. Whiteside was taken in to custody late Thursday evening.

 

Last Reviewed May 4, 2015

Operation Family Feud

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 St. Joseph, Mo., residents have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

GuideOne Insurance Co. Matches ATF Reward in Church Fire

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ST. LOUIS — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that GuideOne Insurance Company is matching the Agency’s $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for setting the fire that severely damaged the Flood Christian Church. The GuideOne contribution brings the total reward offering to $20,000.

Last Reviewed April 27, 2015

St. Joseph Man Among 14 Defendants Indicted in $4 Million Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that 14 defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than $4 million worth of methamphetamine and heroin in the St. Joseph, Mo., area and elsewhere.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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