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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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JANUARY 12, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PUBLIC HOUSING SAFETY INITIATIVE

KC MAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK COCAINE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.


            The investigation was conducted as part of the Public Housing Safety Initiative, an effort by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development to assist in the investigation, prosecution and prevention of violent crimes and drug offenses in public, federally assisted housing areas.


            Dennesty H. Dawkins, 26, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


            On Sept. 25, 2006, Dawkins pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine on May 25. Dawkins was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at his residence. Law enforcement officers discovered approximately 25 grams of crack cocaine in Dawkins’ pocket and approximately 85 grams of crack cocaine hidden in the trap of the toilet. Three handguns and ammunition were also recovered from the residence.


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


Public Housing Safety Initiative


            The Kansas City metropolitan area is one of 10 communities nationwide selected for the new initiative, which 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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