Kansas City Field Division

Jury Convicts Pittsburg, Kan., Man on Federal Firearms, Drug Charges

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WICHITA, KAN. -  A jury has convicted a Pittsburg, Kan., man on federal firearms and drug charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

James D. Russian, 57, Pittsburg, Kan., was convicted June 17 on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Federal Court Sentences Man as Armed Career Criminal

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DAVENPORT, IA - On June 18, 2015, Jonathon Adam Lamb, age 36, formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 180 months in prison, after pleading guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and being found an armed career criminal, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Lamb was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following imprisonment, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

 

Four Indicted on Gun Charges Related to Scheme to Ship Guns to Lebanon

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Ali Afif Al Herz, age 50, Bassem Afif Herz, age 30, Sarah Majid Zeaiter, age 24, and Adam Al Herz, age 22, all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have been charged in a 46 Count indictment filed yesterday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Ali Afif Al Herz is charged with 24 counts of possessing firearms after having been previously convicted of domestic abuse.

Bassem Afif Herz is charged with conspiracy.

Sarah Zeaiter is charged with three counts of making false claims to United States citizenship on bank records and federal firearms forms.

St. Louis Man Sentenced for Role in 2001 Arson that Killed His 15 Year Old Son

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St. Louis, MO - Steven Henry Kemper, 56, of Saint Louis County, was sentenced to 70 months in prison in connection with the November 16, 2001, arson of his family’s home at 6682 Champana Lane in Florissant, Missouri.  Kemper’s 15-year old son, Zachariah Andrew Kemper, was trapped in the basement and killed during the fire.  Kemper previously pled guilty to one-count of aiding and abetting the use of fire to commit mail fraud, and appeared today for sentencing before United States District Court Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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