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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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FEBRUARY 9, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PUBLIC HOUSING SAFETY INITIATIVE

KC MAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING


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


            The successful investigation was conducted as 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.


            Brian A. Owsley, 31, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.


            Owsley pleaded guilty on March 16, 2006, to being in possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of crack cocaine.


            Owsley was stopped by police officers on Aug. 2, 2005. After smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, they conducted a canine search and found a plastic bag containing 73.51 grams of crack cocaine, a plastic bag containing approximately 25 grams of marijuana and a scale hidden inside the driver’s side door panel.


            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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