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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Missouri

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For Immediate Release

November 8, 2011

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney

Contact: Don Ledford, Public Affairs
(816) 426-4220
don.ledford@usdoj.gov

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

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.

Tommy Haubrich, 39, of Philadelphia, Penn., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to the charges contained in a May 23, 2011, superseding indictment.

Co-defendants Dustin Dean-Salem Kinnison, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., and Tufue Tua, 32, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., have also recently pleaded guilty. Haubrich, Kinnison and Tua each pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and to their roles in the conspiracy to burglarize controlled substances. Haubrich, Kinnison and Tua participated in a conspiracy to burglarize (or attempt to burglarize) at least eight pharmacies or pharmacy supply businesses in Missouri and Kansas between May 1, 2010, and Jan. 31, 2011. They stole nearly 100,000 pills, of which only about one-fourth have been recovered, with a street value of $1,440,000.

In addition to the two conspiracy counts, Haubrich and Kinnison each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute them. Haubrich also pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary of a controlled substance. Kinnison also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, to four counts of burglary of a controlled substance, and to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Tua also pleaded guilty to burglary of a controlled substance.

Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions within the Kansas City metropolitan area investigated a series of pharmacy burglaries and attempted burglaries that occurred between the late spring of 2010 and the winter of 2011. Those burglaries included Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 330 S.W. Ward Rd., Lee’s Summit, on May 29, 2010; Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 9300 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 29, 2010; Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 1536 E. 23rd St., Independence, Mo., on Jan. 1, 2011; and the Omni Care Pharmacy Distribution Center, 453 E. Red Bridge, Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 2, 2011. Taken during the burglaries were more than 1 million dosage units of Oxycodone, as well as Alprazolam, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Ritalin, Percocet, Morphine and some controlled substance liquids.

According to court documents, approximately 43,000 pills of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin and Alprazolam were stolen in the Omni Care burglary. Approximately 19,000 pills of Ritalin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Morphine, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam were stolen in the Independence Walgreen’s burglary. A total of 96,000 pills were stolen.

Ammunition and firearms were recovered during the course of the investigation. Kinnison, who has a prior felony conviction for delivery of a controlled substance, was in possession of a Stag AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle with 114 rounds of ammunition that was recovered by law enforcement officers on Jan. 4, 2011, as well as a semi-automatic handgun, 58 rounds of .380-caliber ammunition, one round of .223-caliber ammunition and one 12-gauge shotgun shell that were recovered from his residence on Jan. 28.

By pleading guilty, Kinnison and Tua agreed to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the offenses or used to commit the offenses, including Kinnison’s 2008 Chrysler 300M, a diamond-encrusted pendant and $22,562 that was recovered by law enforcement officers at the time of Kinnison’s arrest. All three defendants also agreed to a money judgment of $1,444,120, which represents the street value of the 96,000 stolen pills at a price of $15 per pill, as well as the money stolen from the ATM inside the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Independence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the police departments of Independence, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., Lee’s Summit, Mo., Lenexa, Kan., Overland Park, Kan., Raytown, Mo., and Warrensburg, Mo.; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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