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ATF Offers Reward in Vacant Church Fire

December 30, 2011

WICHITA, Kan. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division, the Wichita Fire Department and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office announced today ATF is offering a reward of $2,500 for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a fire at a vacant Wichita church.More »

KC Man Charged with Attempting to Carry Loaded Handgun Onto Plane

December 29, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a firearm after a handgun was discovered by screeners in his carry-on luggage at Kansas City International Airport.More »

Humeston Man Charged with Illegal Manufacture of a Destructive Device

December 21, 2011

DES MOINES, IA — On December 20, 2011, Charles Crider, 44, of Humeston, Iowa, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer and entered a not guilty plea to federal charges of unlawfully receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm and illegally manufacturing a destructive device, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.More »

Indictment: Manhattan Man Solicited Undercover Officer To Commit Robbery

December 14, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. — A Manhattan man has been indicted on a charge of soliciting an undercover law enforcement officer to rob a Manhattan business, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.More »

Sikeston Man Pleads Guilty to Solicitation to Commit a Crime of Violence

December 13, 2011

he United States Attorney’s Office announced today that ROBERT E. GIPSON, age 59, pled guilty to one felony count of Solicitation to Commit a Crime of Violence. He appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.More »

Three Men Sentenced for Robberies at Dollar General Stores

December 14, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two Quincy, Mo., men and a Goodman, Mo., man have been sentenced in federal court for robberies at Dollar General stores in Seneca, Mo., and in Holden, Mo., in which they used arson fires to create a diversion.More »

Milan Area Residents Indicted for Manufacturing Meth

December 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five Milan, Mo., area residents were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.More »

Topeka Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge In Arson

December 13, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. — A Topeka man has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in connection with an arson at a convenience store, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.More »

Topeka Man Sentenced to 4+ Years For Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

December 9, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. — A Topeka man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for a firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.More »

Jury Convicts KC Man of Illegal Fiream; Faces At Least 15 Years in Prison

December 7, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing a firearm.More »

Wichitan Arrested in ATF Sting Charged With 40 Counts of Firearms Violations

December 6, 2011

WICHITA, KAN. — A Wichita man arrested in an ATF sting operation has been charged with 40 counts of violating federal firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.More »

Jury Convicts KC Man of Illegal Firearm, Faces at Least 15 Years in Prison

December 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing a firearm.More »

ATF Offers Rewards for Information on Two Gun Store Burglaries

December 6, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division and the Lincoln Police Department announced today ATF is offering individual rewards of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for two separate gun store burglaries in Lincoln.More »

Licking Man Pleads Guilty to Arson Fires at Truck Stops in Six States

December 2, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Licking, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to setting a series of arson fires at truck stops across six states.More »

Wichita Man Pleads Guilty To Gun, Drug Charges In ATF Sting Operation

December 1, 2011

WICHITA,KAN. – A Wichita man arrested during an ATF sting operation has pleaded guilty to firearms and drug charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.More »

Osceola Man Pleads Guilty to $1 Million Meth Conspiracy, Identity Theft

November 28, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Osceola, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a $1 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, as well as a conspiracy to commit identity theft.More »

ATF Offers $10,000 Reward For Information on Weeping Water Explosives Theft

November 28, 2011

WEEPING WATER, Neb. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office announced today ATF is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the August 2011 theft of explosives in rural Weeping Water.More »

Coin, Iowa Man Sentenced to 319 Months in Prison

November 22, 2011

DES MOINES, IA – On November 22, 2011, Tiran Rodez Casteel, age 43, of Coin, Iowa, was sentenced to 235 months imprisonment for his involvement in the robbery, car jacking, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, and a consecutive 84 months imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the car jacking.More »

Former Employee Sentenced For Lumber Company Arson In Manhattan

November 21, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. – A former employee has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for starting a fire at a lumber company in Manhattan, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. The judge also ordered the man to pay more than $600,000 in restitution.More »

Oran Man Sentenced to 188 Months for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

November 15, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that an Oran, Missouri man was sentenced on gun charges.More »

Manhattan Apartment Fire Ruled Incendiary

November 12, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The large apartment complex fire that occurred on Sunday morning, Nov. 6, at the Strasser Village Apartments, 300 N. Fourth St., Manhattan, Kan. has been ruled an incendiary fire by investigators. Investigators concluded the fire originated in the northern section of the apartment complex. Sufficient evidence was recovered by investigators to eliminate all known potential accidental causes and determine the fire was intentionally set. The fire caused an estimated $2.7 million in damage to the Strasser Village Apartments. Total damage estimates to nearby businesses remain undetermined at this time but could exceed $2 million. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Apartment Fire in Manhattan

November 9, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from the Kansas City Field Division, have joined the investigation of an apartment complex fire that occurred at 4th St. and Leavenworth at the request of the Manhattan Fire Department. The fire was reported at approximately 2:38 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2011.More »

Three Men Plead Guilty to $1.4 Million Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy, Stealing Nearly 100,000 Pills in Pharmacy Burglaries

November 8, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three men have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in a $1.4 million drug-trafficking conspiracy that included nearly 100,000 pills that were stolen in a series of pharmacy burglaries.More »

Weaubleau Woman Sentenced for Multi–Kilo Meth Conspiracy

November 8, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Weableau, Mo., woman has been sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout central Missouri.More »

KC Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Illegal Firearm

November 7, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, 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.More »

Independence Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm

November 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.More »

Ex–Wife and Husband Indicted for Roles in 2001 Arson That Killed Their 15-Year Old Son

October 31, 2011

St. Louis, MO – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today the indictments of Sandra Kay Bryant (formerly known as Sandra Kay Kemper), age 55, and Steven Henry Kemper, age 53, for their involvement in the November 16, 2001, arson of their home at 6682 Champana Lane in Florissant, Missouri. The Kemper’s 15-year-old son, Zachariah Andrew Kemper, was trapped in the basement and killed during the fire. The indictments were returned last week but remained sealed until earlier today.More »

Nebraska Man Sentenced on Firearms Charges

October 31, 2011

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — On October 28, 2011, Eric Steven Blevins, age 26, of Norfolk, Nebraska, was sentenced for being an illegal user of drugs in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Eric Steven Blevins to 15 months of imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Judge Gritzner also imposed a $100.00 assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, and ordered the forfeiture of the seized pistol and ammunition. Blevins remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his sentence.More »

ATF Offers $10,000 Reward for Firearms Theft

October 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS – ATF is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the burglary and theft of firearms from a residence in Maryland Heights, Mo. The Maryland Heights Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the reward today during a 2:30 p.m. press conference. More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information on Evergreen Apartments Fire

October 26, 2011

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division, the Overland Park Police Department and the Overland Park Fire Department announced today that ATF is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Aug. 8, 2011 fire at the Evergreen Apartments located 9209 W. 79th St. in Overland Park, Kan.More »

Greene County Man Pleads Guilty Following Two Police Chases; Faces At Least 15 Years in Prison

October 18, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Greene County, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms and to counterfeiting after being arrested following two police pursuits in stolen vehicles, in which he rammed another vehicle and fired a shotgun at its occupants and attempted to carjack two vehicles.More »

ATF Rules Peculiar Quarry Fires as Incendiary

October 14, 2011

PECULIAR, Mo. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division, the Peculiar Police Department, the West Peculiar Fire District and the Cass County Fire Investigative Team announced today arson was the cause of the multiple fires at the Hunt-Martin Materials, LLC, 7410 E. state Route YY in Peculiar, Mo.More »

Monett Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Meth Conspiracy, Firarms

October 12, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Monett, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessing firearms.More »

Operation Blockbuster: Five KC Men Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy Mexican Drug Cartels Smuggled Hundreds of Kilograms of Cocaine to KC

October 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that five Kansas City, Mo., men have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the Kansas City area.More »

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm

October 4, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, 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.More »

Springfield Man Indicted for Illegal Firearms Following Chase that Ended in a Tree

September 28, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for illegally possessing firearms. He was arrested following a police pursuit after he was found hiding in a tree.More »

Two Women Sentenced for Multi-Kilo Meth Conspiracy

September 26, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two women have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout central Missouri.More »

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Meth, Firearm

September 26, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm.More »

Sixty–Seven Defendants Charged as ATF, Wichita Area Gun Task Force Wrap Up Drive To Take Guns From Convicted Felons

September 22, 2011

WICHITA, KAN. — Sixty–seven defendants have been charged with federal and state crimes as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wraps up an 11–month operation aimed at taking guns out of the hands of convicted felons, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced today. Leaders of ATF, the Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and the Wichita Area Gun Task Force joined Grissom for a news conference to announce the indictments.More »

Burlington Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of Firearm and Possession of Cocaine Base with Intent to Distribute

September 20, 2011

DAVENPORT, IA – On September 19, 2011, Marcus Charvez Sidney, age 27, of Burlington, Iowa, was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment in connection with his guilty plea to one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and one count of Possession of Cocaine Base With Intent to Distribute, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge James E. Gritzner also sentenced Sidney to four years supervised release following imprisonment and to pay $200 to the Crime Victims Fund. More »

Storm Lake Man Sent to Federal Prison for Firearm Possession

September 14, 2011

A Storm Lake man was sentenced September 9, 2011, to nine years in federal prison for his illegal possession of a firearm. Benjamin Mendez, Jr., age 29, of Storm Lake, Iowa, received his prison term after a June 20, 2011, guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Possessing Ammunition

September 7, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, 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 ammunition.More »

Twice Convicted Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison After Firearm Conviction

September 1, 2011

A Sioux City man was sentenced August 30, 2011, to over 4 years in federal prison for his illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.More »

Two Independence Residents Indicted for Stealing Identity to Conduct Firearms Transactions

August 31, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Independence, Mo., residents were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in an identity theft conspiracy that involved illegal firearm transactions.More »

Three Men Indicted For $809,000 Meth Conspiracy

August 31, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that three men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than $809,000 worth of methamphetamine in Kansas City, Mo.More »

MCC Chancellor Mark James Receives ATF National Award

August 24, 2011

Kansas City, Mo. – Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Chancellor Mark James was presented today with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Citizenship Award by ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson and Acting Deputy Director William J. Hoover at ATF’s 15th Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. More »

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm

August 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, 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 firearms.More »

Carrollton Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearms

August 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Carrollton, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms.More »

Fifty-five Individuals Charged; Undercover Operation Takes Guns and Drugs Off the Streets of Omaha

August 9, 2011

Omaha, Neb. – The United States’ Attorney»s Office, the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Omaha Police Department announced today that 55 defendants have been charged with federal and state crimes including illegal firearm possession, drug trafficking and other offenses.More »

Previously Convicted Domestic Abuser Faces Federal Gun and Drug Charges

August 3, 2011

Isaiah Earl Thomas, age 26, from Sioux City, Iowa, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and one count of being a domestic abuse misdemeanant in possession of a firearm. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on June 22, 2011, in United States District Court in Sioux City, Iowa.More »

Milton Ohlsen Associate Pleads Guilty to Concealing Information about the Clayton Parking Garage Bombing

August 2, 2011

St. Louis, MO — The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Aaron Reid, age 26, entered a guilty plea to the crime of Misprision of a Felony for having concealed and misrepresented his knowledge of Milton Ohlsen’s involvement in the October16, 2008 bombing in the Plaza at Clayton Parking garage when questioned by authorities.More »

Des Moines Man Sentenced for Making False Statements During Purchase of Firearm

July 22, 2011

DES MOINES, IA — On July 22, 2011, William Lee Daniels, 40, of Des Moines, was sentenced to a term of two years probation for making false statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Daniels plead guilty on April 22, 2011, to count one of the Indictment in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, Iowa, before the Honorable Judge James E. Gritzner.More »

Bettendorf Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charge

July 22, 2011

DAVENPORT, IA — On July 22, 2011, Brian John Rashid, age 50, of Bettendorf, IA, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered that Rashid pay a $10,000 fine, serve 3 years of supervised release and pay $100 to the crime victims fund.More »

Man Sentenced for Marijuana and Gun Offenses

July 21, 2011

DAVENPORT, IA — On July 21, 2011, Drew Alan O’Dell, age 46, of Eldridge, Iowa, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and for being a drug user in possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. O’Dell was sentenced to two years imprisonment and two years supervised release by United States Chief District Judge Robert W. Pratt.More »

St. Joseph Man Charged with Possessing Stolen Firearms after Burglary at Pawn Shop

July 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with possessing stolen firearms that were taken during a recent pawn shop burglary.More »

Minneapolis Felon Sentenced For Possessing a .45-Caliber Pistol

July 11, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS – Yesterday in federal court, a 32-year-old Minneapolis felon was sentenced for possessing a firearm. United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Todd Richard Chazen to 252 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chazen was indicted on December 14, 2010, and was convicted by a jury on March 9, 2011.More »

Kansas City Man Pleads Guilty in Sioux City Shooting Case

July 10, 2011

A Kansas City man who repeatedly fired a handgun at a motorist in downtown Sioux City, Iowa pled guilty July 11, 2011, in federal court in Sioux City.More »

KC Man Pleads Guity to Attempted Armed Bank Robbery in Which Security Guard was Killed

July 8, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in the murder of 70-year-old security guard Dwight Mayhugh, Sr., during an attempted armed bank robbery in 2006.More »

Des Moines Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearm

July 5, 2011

Des Moines, Iowa — Randy Allen Hale, age 40, of Des Moines, was sentenced on July 1, 2011, to 60 months (5 years) in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for the crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Sentence was imposed by Senior United States District Judge Ronald E. Longstaff.More »

Jury Convicts Three Defendants of Charges Related to Multi-Million Dollar Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

June 30, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two Kansas City, Mo., men and a St. Paul, Minn., man were convicted by a federal jury for their roles in one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the Kansas City area.More »

Clinton Man, Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison, for Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs and Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

June 30, 2011

DAVENPORT, IA – Following his earlier guilty plea on June 25, 2010, Michael George Long, age 49, of Clinton, Iowa, was sentenced on June 30, 2011, to a total prison term of 140 months, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Long to 94 months imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base (crack), at least 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing cocaine, and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and 46 months imprisonment for one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Judge Jarvey also ordered that Long will serve a term of 5 years supervised release following his incarceration, and pay $200 to the Crime Victims Fund.More »

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Possessing Ammunition

June 22, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, 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 ammunition.More »

Four More KC Men Sentenced in Large Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

June 22, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that four Kansas City, Mo., men have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.More »

14 Defendants Indicted for Meth Trafficking and Illegal Firearms

June 20, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 14 defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy and for illegally possessing firearms. The federal indictment is the result of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into a multi–state methamphetamine–trafficking organization. The drug–trafficking organization allegedly distributed large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri and elsewhere.More »

ATF Seeks Fourth Suspect in Hereford House Arson

June 9, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Kansas City Fire Department and the Kansas City Police Department, released surveillance photographs of a fourth unidentified suspect in the early morning fire on Oct. 20, 2008 occurring at the Hereford House Restaurant, 2 East 20th Street, Kansas City, Mo. The two photographs are being released in hopes that someone in the community would recognize the individual. ATF is also now offering a separate reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the arson.More »

Two More Defendants Indicted for Hereford House Arson

June 8, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two more defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury along with the owner of the Hereford House restaurant for their roles in an arson and mail fraud conspiracy that destroyed the landmark downtown Kansas City restaurant on Oct. 20, 2008.More »

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced on Firearms Charge

June 6, 2011

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — On June 6, 2011, Jack Gregory Milledge, age 37, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner imposed the sentence of imprisonment to run consecutively to, that is, in addition to, a sentence of 6–9 years imprisonment which Milldege is currently serving on a State of Nebraska burglary and theft charge. The judge also sentenced Milledge to three years of supervised release following his imprisonment, and imposed a $100.00 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund. In sentencing Milledge, the judge noted Milledge’s extensive criminal history and the seriousness of someone with the defendant’s criminal history being in possession of a firearm. The defendant remains detained in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his term of imprisonment.More »

KC Man Sentenced for Assaulting Officers in Courthouse Disturbance, Illegal Firearm

June 1, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for assaulting several law enforcement officers and for illegally possessing a firearm during a disturbance at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse.More »

21 Defendants Indicted for $1.4 Million Drug–Trafficking, Firearms Conspiracies

May 25, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 21 defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in multiple drug–trafficking conspiracies that totaled more than $1.4 million in illicit proceeds, as well as illegally possessing firearms.More »

Poplar Bluff Man Sentenced to 262 Months for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

May 23, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that a Poplar Bluff, Missouri man was sentenced to 262 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Pacific Junction Woman and Man Sentenced on Firearms Charges

May 12, 2011

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – On May 9, 2011, Gustine Evelyn Augustine, age 49, and Joseph Lynn Belt, age 36, of Pacific Junction, were sentenced for being prohibited persons in possession of firearms and ammunition, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Gustine Evelyn Augustine to 24 months of imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Joseph Lynn Belt was sentenced to three years probation, to include 180 days of home detention except for maintaining his long-time employment. Judge Gritzner also imposed upon each defendant a $100.00 assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, and ordered the forfeiture of seven rifles and shotguns which were possessed by the two persons. Gustine Evelyn Augustine remained on pretrial release and supervision pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which she will serve her sentence.More »

KC Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Meth, Firearm

May 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm.More »

Manhattan Man Indicted on Arson Charge

May 5, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. — A Manhattan, Kan., man has been indicted onfederal arson charges in connection with a fire at a lumber company in Manhattan, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. William Joseph Willox, 22, Manhattan, Kan., is charged with starting the April 24, 2009, fire at Griffith Lumber Company, 820 Levee Drive in Manhattan.More »

Jury Convicts KC Man of Illegal Firearm, Faces At Least 15 Years in Prison

May 4, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today of illegally possessing a firearm.More »

Webb City Man Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy, Smuggled Meth Ingredients from Thailand

April 12, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. B Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Webb City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.More »

St. Joseph Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearms After Shooting at Officers

April 7, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms that he used to shoot law enforcement officers during a standoff at his home.More »

KC Man Charged with Possessing Loaded Firearm at St. Pat’s Parade

March 18, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a loaded handgun at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Kansas City.More »

Indictment: Firearms Sold at Gun Shows Went to Straw Purchasers

March 11, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – David A. Bailey, 23, Kansas City, KAN., and Brandon A. Easterwood, 28, Kansas City, KAN., are charged with conspiring to obtain firearms illegally by using straw purchasers to buy guns from licensed firearms dealers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. Bailey and Easterwood, who is Bailey’s uncle, are charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of unlawfully transporting a firearm across state lines. In addition, Bailey is charged with four counts of unlawful interstate transportation of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.More »

ATF Rules Masjid Al-Huda Mosque Fire as Accidental

March 2, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division announced today that they have finished the scene investigation at the Masjid Al-Huda Mosque in Kansas City, Mo. Investigators have determined the fire was accidental. The fire which occurred at 4608 Saint John Ave., on Feb. 28, caused approximately $600,000 in damage to the mosque and an adjacent establishment.More »

Jury Convicts Five Defendants of Multi-Million Dollar Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

February 18, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five Kansas City, Mo., residents were convicted by a federal jury today for their roles in one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the Kansas City area. More »

City of Davenport and ATF Offer $5,000 Reward for Information Regarding Theft of Davenport FFL

February 17, 2011

Quad City Crimestoppers, the Davenport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) are seeking the community's assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for the recent theft of firearms from a Davenport federal firearms license holder and the recovery of the firearms. More »

KC, Lee’s Summit Men Indicated for $1.4 Million Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy, Stealing Nearly 100,000 Pills in Pharmacy Burglaries

February 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man and a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man were indicted by a federal grand jury today for a $1.4 million drug-trafficking conspiracy that included nearly 100,000 pills that were stolen in a series of pharmacy burglaries, as well as illegally possessing several firearms.More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

January 31, 2011

DALLAS &mdah Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Special Agent Randy O’Dell and his K-9 Roxi, one of 25 K9 teams, are here to provide security for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6.More »

Great Bend Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Trafficking in Methamphetamine

January 25, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS — Another leader of a drug trafficking operation that sold methamphetamine in Great Bend, Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas, has been sentenced to life in federal prison without parole, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.More »

Topeka Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Trafficking in Methamphetamine

January 24, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS — One of the leaders of a drug trafficking operation that sold methamphetamine in Great Bend, Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas, has been sentenced to life in federal prison without parole, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.More »

Charleston Woman Sentenced to 147 Months on Federal Firearms and Drug Charges

January 21, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that a Charleston, Missouri woman was sentenced on federal firearms and drug charges.More »