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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 19, 2013

Topeka Man Carried .40 Caliber Pistol In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of carrying a .40 caliber pistol in furtherance of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Malik T. Yates, 20, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. In his plea, he admitted that on March 1, 2013, members of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Task Force served a search warrant at his residence in Topeka. They seized methamphetamine, a .40 caliber pistol and $3,000 cash.

He is set for sentencing Nov. 18. He faces a sentence of not less than five years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000.

Grissom commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway for their work on the case.

Updated December 15, 2014