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
FEBRUARY 15, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PUBLIC HOUSING SAFETY INITIATIVE
KC MAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK COCAINE
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 possessing with the 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.
Jason M. Williams, 27, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernaqndo J. Gaitan this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
On Aug. 11, 2006, Williams pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Williams was arrested on July 27, 2005, by police officers conducted extra patrol in a HUD/Section 8 housing area. As the officers approached Williams, he ran up a flight of stairs into an apartment and attempted to close the door. Officers prevented him from closing the door and followed him into the apartment. Williams ran to the bathroom, where he attempted to hide a large plastic baggie containing crack cocaine in the shower before exiting the bathroom with his hands in the air.
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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