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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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APRIL 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN INDICTED FOR CRACK COCAINE CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.


             Akil R. Burns, also known as Lo Lo, 26, of Kansas City, was charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Burns participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine from Oct. 31, 2006, to Jan. 8, 2007.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Burns possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine on Jan. 8, 2007.


             Count Three through Six of the federal indictment allege four separate instances, from Oct. 31, 2006, to Jan. 8, 2007, in which Burns distributed crack cocaine.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Marquez. It was investigated by the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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