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Three Men Convicted
of Drug Trafficking in Kansas City, Kan

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Aug. 26, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Three men who were members of a drug trafficking ring that tried to take over the neighborhood around 20th Street and Longwood Avenue in Kansas City, have been convicted on federal drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. were:

Marcus L. Quinn, 30, Kansas City, Kan.: One count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”); one count of conspiracy to maintain a residence at 2636 N. 20th Street in furtherance of drug trafficking; one count of conspiracy to maintain a residence at 2632 N. 20th Street in furtherance of drug trafficking; one count of maintaining a residence at 2635 N. 20th Street in furtherance of drug trafficking; five counts of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Northwest Middle School; and, one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Northwest Middle School.
Mark A. Brooks, 33, Kansas City, Kan.: One count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”); one count of conspiracy to maintain a residence at 2632 N. 20th Street in furtherance of drug trafficking; and, one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Northwest Middle School.
Willie F. Ford, 30, Kansas City, Kan.: One count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”); one count of conspiracy to maintain a residence at 2632 N. 20th Street in furtherance of drug trafficking; one count of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Northwest Middle School; and, one count of using a cellular phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The three defendants were members of a drug trafficking organization targeted by local and federal law enforcement agencies in an operation named Operation Camera Shy. Antonio D. Quinn, 32, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to leading the conspiracy and was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Sentencing is set for November 15, 2011.

These defendants face the following penalties:
Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine: Not less than 10 years imprisonment and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $4,000,000.
Conspiracy to maintain a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine up to $4 million.
Distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school: Not less than a year imprisonment and not more than 40 years imprisonment and a fine up to $2 million.
Using a cellular phone in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of four years imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school: Not less than a year imprisonment and not more than 40 years imprisonment and a fine up to $2 million.

Grissom commended the following agencies for their work on the case: The FBI; the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department; the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department; the Lee’s Summit Police Department; the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department; the Leavenworth Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt

 

 

 

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