First VIPER Case Sentenced
MO– Preston L. Grubbs, Special Agent
in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division
Office, and Todd P. Graves, United States Attorney for the Western
District of Missouri, announced that Kansas City, Missouri, resident
Elijah I Jones was sentenced in federal court today for possession
with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Additionally, Jones was sentenced
for illegally possessing a firearm. Today’s sentence, Graves
said, stems from the first case charged under VIPER, the joint initiative
with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department to combat violent
crime in Kansas City.
I. Jones, 24, of Kansas City, was sentenced by United States District
Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to six years and nine months in federal
prison without parole.
Aug. 29, 2005, Jones plead guilty to being in possession with intent
to distribute crack cocaine on May 6, 2005, in Jackson County, Missouri.
guilty to being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking
crime. Jones was in possession of a Norinco MAK-90 semi-automatic rifle on
May 6, 2003, in Jackson County.
was initially arrested as law enforcement officers executed a search
warrant on his residence on May 6, 2003. At the time law enforcement officers
the home, Jones was in a vehicle that was parked at the residence. Upon
approaching the vehicle and residence, law enforcement officers ordered
Jones and others
on the ground and they complied. Subsequently, the officers then conducted
a search of the vehicle, where they located in plain view the AK-47-style
firearm and a clear plastic bag containing crack cocaine.
case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles E.
Ambrose, Jr. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Missouri, Police
Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau
U.S. Marshal’s Service.
VIPER – Violent Incident Proactive Enterprise Response is a joint initiative
between the United States Attorney’s Office, the Kansas City Police Department
and federal law enforcement, designed to proactively combat violent crime in
Kansas City by targeting suspected gang members, drug traffickers and other violent
criminals brought to the attention of law enforcement officers as a result of
a Kansas City Police Department’s homicide investigation.
for additional information should be directed to Group Supervisor
Phillip A. Jacobs or Public Information Officer Special Agent Shirley
Armstead at 314-538-4600.