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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


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

SEVEN GARDEN CITY, KC MEN INDICTED

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Garden City, Mo., man and six Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms. Today’s indictments are the result of investigations under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


             * John Dung Collings, 47, of Garden City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to today’s indictment, Collings, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Cobra .32-caliber pistol on March 27, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Garden City, Mo., Police Department.


             * Bryon G. Grimmett, 42, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to today’s indictment, Grimmett, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun on March 25, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Willie C. Fortune, 28, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to today’s indictment, Fortune, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Sturm Ruger .22-caliber revolver on Dec. 17, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Thomas C. Boggess, 28, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to today’s indictment, Boggess, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol on March 16, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Anthony R. Villarreal, 39, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to today’s indictment, Villarreal, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a CBC 20-gauge shotgun on April 16, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Tabor. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Frederick E. Jenkins, 51, of Kansas City, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Jenkins, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Davis Industries .380-caliber pistol on Oct. 14, 2006.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Jenkins, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of ammunition – seven .380-caliber cartridges – on Oct. 14, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Isaul Palmas, 18, of Kansas City, was charged with being in possession of a firearm with a removed, obliterated or altered serial number in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to today’s indictment, on March 15, 2007, Palmas was in possession of a Maverick 12-gauge shotgun on which the manufacturer’s serial number had been removed, obliterated, or altered.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments 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.


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