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Topeka Man Indicted On Drug, Gun Charges

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May 2, 2013

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man has been indicted on drug trafficking and gun charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Michael Richard Rupp, 27, Topeka, Kan., is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Shawnee County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on each count.
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and a maximum penalty of $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Ryan M. Hawley, 24, Winfield, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 14, 2012, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway is prosecuting.

Tyrone J. Lewis, Sr., 33, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 19, 2013, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway is prosecuting.

Bilal Keys, 43, Topeka, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after felony convictions. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 22, 2013, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

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