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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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AUGUST 29, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PUBLIC HOUSING SAFETY INITIATIVE


KC WOMAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK COCAINE


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


             This case is 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.


             Latrice M. Jones, 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


             On March 13, 2007, Jones pleaded guilty to being in possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.


             Jones was arrested on Feb. 3, 2007, when police officers responded to a report of a woman standing in the middle of the street taking off her clothes. Jones had already removed her top and was attempting to take off her jeans when officers arrived. Jones, who admitted that she was high on PCP at the time, was screaming and yelling incoherently. While the officers were putting her jeans back on her, they observed a clear plastic baggie containing crack cocaine in one of the pockets.


             During this time, Jones’ two children (ages 3 and 11) were asleep in their bedroom, with the front door of the residence standing open.


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


Public Housing Safety Initiative


            The Public Housing Safety Initiative, a partnership that includes the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, Independence, Mo., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, 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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