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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 13, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PUBLIC HOUSING SAFETY INITIATIVE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR CRACK COCAINE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo, man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing crack cocaine. This investigation is part of the district’s Public Housing Safety Initiative, which targets violent crime and drug offenses in public, federally assisted housing areas.


            Denaine L. Allen, 48, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.


            On April 5, 2007, Allen pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine. Allen was arrested on March 15, 2006, by officers with the Kansas City Police Department vice squad. Officers obtained a search warrant for Allen’s residence based upon their long-term investigation of Allen for promoting prostitution. During the search of Allen’s residence, the officers recovered 9.42 grams of crack cocaine in the pocket of a black leather jacket, a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .25-caliber auto magazine, $1,478 in Allen’s pants pocket and $5,815 from a bedroom, numerous photographs of Allen with various women both dressed and undressed, and titles to seven vehicles (including the Lexus parked in the garage with the license plate H’CLASS).


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew P. Wolesky. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


Public Housing Safety Initiative


            The Public Housing Safety Initiative focuses on reducing crime in targeted public housing areas, improving tenant conditions and improving interagency collaboration and communication on quality-of-life issues in public housing areas. The Public Housing Safety Initiative provides federal funding to train police officers and crime analysts, improve surveillance in public housing areas, increase the number of sweeps conducted in these areas, target criminals residing in public housing areas, increase drug enforcement, improve investigations and coordinate and cooperate with probation and parole efforts. Specifically, a portion of the funding is earmarked for the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Independence, Mo., Police Department. Additionally, the federal initiative funded the hiring of a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to prosecute crimes occurring within federally-assisted housing areas.


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