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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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN OF ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court yesterday of illegally possessing firearms. Yesterday’s conviction is the result of a successful investigation under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


             Farhad Soltani, 21, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


             Soltani was arrested on Aug. 11, 2006, when Kansas City police officers executed a search warrant at his residence. Officers found marijuana in the dining room and two firearms – a Sturm Ruger .44-caliber revolver and a loaded Arsenal 7.62 x 39 mm rifle – underneath a bed.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright, ending a trial that began Monday, Sept. 17, 2007.


            Under federal statutes, Soltani could be subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


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


Project Ceasefire

            Project Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.



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