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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 28, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

NINE MEN INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that nine men from Martinsville, Mo., Independence, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms and ammunition.


             Today’s indictments are the result of successful investigations under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative. Under federal law, Schlozman said, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


             * Brian A. Taff, 34, of Martinsville, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Taff, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of six rifles on Jan. 10, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by NITRO, the Northwest Missouri Team Response Operation, a task force led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. NITRO is a joint law enforcement effort by federal, state and local agencies in the 16-county region.


             * Alphonso Adams, 58, of Independence, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Adams.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Adams, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of an Rossi .22-caliber revolver on Feb. 15, 2007.


             This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefan C. Hughes. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Isaac J. Coppage, 30, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Coppage, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Cobra .380-caliber pistol , a Glock 9 mm pistol and a Glock .40-caliber pistol on Nov. 8, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Probation and Parole Office.


             * Marshall T. Johnson, 22, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Johnson, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of a CZ .40-caliber pistol on Jan. 9, 2006.


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


             * Harland E. Lewis, also known as Baby Boy, 19, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Lewis, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Norinco 9 mm pistol on Jan. 28, 2007.


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


             * Wayne L. Nimrod, 27, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Nimrod, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Rossi .38-caliber revolver on June 24, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph W. Vanover. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Gregory P. Coleman, 28, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Coleman, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of an RG .22-caliber revolver on June 2, 2006.


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


             * Larry F. Archer, 31, of Kansas City-North, and Phillip L. Roberts, 28, homeless, were charged in a two-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Archer and Roberts.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Archer, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of 94 rounds of Winchester .22-caliber rifle ammunition on Feb. 7, 2007.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Roberts, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of three Winchester shotgun shells and one round of Winchester .22-caliber rifle ammunition on Feb. 7, 2007.


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


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments 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.


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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