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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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JULY 2, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS

FOR 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 sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine.


            Brian Johnson, 36, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.


            Johnson was convicted by a federal jury on Nov. 17, 2006, for participating in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine from Feb. 3 to 16, 2006. Johnson was also found guilty of aiding and abetting others to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine on three separate occasions, of aiding and abetting others to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine on Feb. 16, 2006, and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


            Johnson was arrested on Feb. 16, 2006, following a series of controlled drug purchases by a confidential informant. When law enforcement officers attempted to stop Johnson as he was driving a Taurus northbound on US 71 Highway north of Bannister Road, he led them on a high-speed pursuit. Johnson exited the interstate on 75th Street then traveled north onto Indiana Avenue. Failing to stop at a stop sign at the Gregory Boulevard intersection, the Taurus struck another vehicle, veered off the road, ran into a fence and came to a stop. Johnson fled on foot, but officers apprehended him.


            During a search of Johnson’s residence, officers found a Raven Arms .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun with an erased serial number in a bedroom dresser, as well as cocaine and drug paraphernalia.


            Johnson was also convicted on a forfeiture allegation, which requires him to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking, including $4,581 seized by law enforcement officers at the time of his arrest.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Connelly. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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