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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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

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APRIL 2, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN CHARGED WITH CRACK COCAINE,

ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today for aiding and abetting another person to possess crack cocaine with the intention to distribute and to illegally possess a firearm.


             Kendale Dawkins, 21, of Kansas City, was charged in a two-count criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City this afternoon.


             Count One of the complaint alleges that, on Feb. 16, 2007, Dawkins aided and abetted another person to possess with the intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine.


             Count Two of the complaint alleges that, on Feb. 16, 2007, Dawkins aided and abetted another person to possess a Colt 10 mm handgun in furtherance of the drug-trafficking crime alleged in Count One.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, Dawkins was arrested by police officers at a Blue Springs, Mo., motel on Feb. 16, 2007. Also present in the motel room with Dawkins was Shauntay Henderson, whom the affidavit says was hiding in the bathroom. Henderson provided officers with a false name and Social Security number; when a computer check of the false identity revealed no wants or warrants for her arrest, she was allowed to leave.


             While arresting Dawkins, the affidavit says, officers found a loaded Colt 10 mm handgun under a hand towel on the night stand. The hammer was cocked and the magazine contained seven rounds of ammunition with one round in the chamber. After receiving a search warrant, the affidavit says, officers later found a brown bag in the pocket of a pair of jeans that contained 23.8 grams of crack cocaine.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in this complaint 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 Chuck Ambrose. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department.


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