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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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MARCH 21, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CLEVELAND MAN SENTENCED FOR METH,

ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Cleveland, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm.


             Shane P. Jurgeson, 36, of Cleveland, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to nine years in federal prison without parole.


             On Nov. 27, 2006, Jurgeson pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine between Jan. 1 and April 1, 2006. He also admitted that he distributed five grams or more of methamphetamine on Feb. 14, 2006, that he distributed five grams or more of methamphetamine on April 17, 2006, and that he possessed with the intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine between March 6 and 8, 2006.


            Jurgeson also pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm. Jurgeson admitted that he was in possession of a Bryco .380-caliber pistol on March 6, 2006. Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal for anyone who is an unlawful user or addicted to any controlled substance to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Belton, Mo., Police Department.


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