Kansas City Field Division

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:

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.

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.
 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Joplin Man Sentenced to 22 Years for Meth Conspiracy, Firearms

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in Jasper County, Mo., and for illegally possessing firearms.

Jose DeLeon Cazares, 29, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 22 years in federal prison without parole.

St. Joseph Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Crack Cocaine, Illegal Firearm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing crack cocaine and illegally possessing a firearm.

Brian K. Brewer, 23, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to 420 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine

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A man who conspired with others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on January 12, 2015, to 35 years in federal prison.

Jacob William Brisbin, 28, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 6, 2014, guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute a controlled substance.

Independence Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Contraband Cigarette Trafficking

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a multi-million dollar, multi-state 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.

KC Man Sentenced to 30 Years for PCP Trafficking, Illegal Firearms

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing PCP with the intent to distribute and for illegally possessing firearms.

Jerry D. Scott, 41, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 30 years in federal prison without parole.

KC Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Illegal Firearms, Sold Weapons Used in Murder

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing numerous firearms, including a handgun that was used to commit a murder.

Michael L. Bradford, also known as Derrick Lamont Brown, 30, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, to 25 years in federal prison without parole.

27 Defendants Indicted for 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 15 Columbia, Mo., residents are among 27 defendants who have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in Boone County, Mo., and a conspiracy to promote prostitution in Boone County.

West Plains Man Sentenced for Meth, Firearms

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a West Plains, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for manufacturing methamphetamine and illegally possessing several firearms.

Russell Scott Adams, 33, of West Plains, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 12 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

Jury Convicts Jefferson City Man of Illegal Firearms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Jefferson City, Mo., man has been convicted by a federal trial jury today for illegally possessing firearms.

Terrence Lamar Hawkins, 46, of Jefferson City, was found guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, of two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Former Davenport Men Sentenced for 2011 Home Invasion Robbery

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DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Louis Warren, Jr., age 28, and John Louis Hodges, age 32, both formerly of Davenport, Iowa, were sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner for attempted interference with commerce by robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951 announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Warren was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, and Hodges was sentenced to 192 months imprisonment.

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm

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

Shalamar J. Wade, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Wade was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.

Dean Coconspirator and Local Methamphetamine Dealer Both Sentenced to Federal Prison

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A Sioux City man was sentenced October 24, 2014, to 10 years in federal prison, and a Sioux City woman was also sentenced on October 24, 2014, to 5 years in federal prison.

Craig Barclay, age 34, from Sioux City, received his prison term after a February 27, 2014, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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