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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 14, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN CHARGED WITH CRACK COCAINE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man who is related to an individual involved in last week’s police shooting incident was charged in federal court today with possession of crack cocaine.


             Elliott Kyles, 29, of Kansas City, was charged with being in possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine in a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Kyles is a cousin of Deandre T. Clay, 21, of Kansas City, who was fatally wounded during a shooting with police officers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, Kyles was arrested on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, following a car check by police officers who had been conducting surveillance as part of a narcotics investigation. During a search of Kyles’ vehicle, the affidavit says, officers found a loaded Taurus .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun behind the glove box.


             Law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for Kyles’ residence. According to the affidavit, they recovered a plastic bag containing approximately 43.6 grams of suspected crack cocaine, which was located in a coffee pot in the kitchen, as well as a plastic bag containing approximately 63.4 grams of suspected powder cocaine, which was located inside a coffee mug with a false compartment in the kitchen cabinet. Officers also located a Norinco 7.62X39-caliber semi-automatic rifle, the affidavit says, between a mattress and box springs in a bedroom.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in the complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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