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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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APRIL 4, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

RAYTOWN MAN INDICTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING,

ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for drug trafficking and illegally possessing two firearms. Today’s indictment is the result of a successful investigation under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


             Roberto V. Soto, 44, of Raytown, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a Sept. 14, 2006, federal indictment, adding an additional charge of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Soto was in possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on Sept. 1, 2006.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Soto was in possession with the intent to distribute cocaine on Sept. 1, 2006.


             Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that Soto was in possession with the intent to distribute marijuana on Sept. 1, 2006.


             Count Four of the federal indictment alleges that Soto was in possession of firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes. According to the indictment, Soto was in possession of a Taurus .357-caliber revolver and a Rexio .38-caliber revolver on Sept. 1, 2006, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking crimes alleged in Counts One through Three of the indictment.


             Count Five of the federal indictment alleges that Soto was a felon in possession of firearms. According to the indictment, Soto, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Taurus .357-caliber revolver and a Rexio .38-caliber revolver on Sept. 1, 2006.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges 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 Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force 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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