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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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


AUGUST 27, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


INDEPENDENCE MAN SENTENCED FOR

POSSESSING METH INGREDIENTS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.


            Mark A. Gannon, 49, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


            On April 12, 2007, Gannon pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to possess and distribute pseudoephedrine, knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, between Aug. 15 and Oct. 8, 2002.


            Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy. Clifford H. Swann, 39, of Carthage, Mo., was sentenced on May 17, 2007, to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Betty L. Heim, 52, of Carthage, was sentenced on July 30, 2007, to two years and 11 months in federal prison without parole.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David DeTar Newbert. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.


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