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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

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NOVEMBER 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


INDEPENDENCE MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS

FOR METHAMPHETAMINE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.


            Gerry K. Buchenau, 36, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to 20 years in federal prison without parole.


            On Aug. 11, 2008, Buchenau pleaded guilty to possessing 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.


            Buchenau was arrested on July 3, 2007, after an Independence police officer observed his vehicle swerve back and forth across the highway. The officer followed Buchenau until he stopped in his driveway, where he exited the vehicle and began running through the yard. When Buchenau reappeared from behind the house, the officer ordered him to lie down on the ground. A pipe fell out of Buchenau’s pocket. At the corner of the house, the officer found a small backpack with eight baggies containing methamphetamine. While searching Buchenau’s vehicle, the officer found a Crown Royal bag containing glass pipes and more baggies containing methamphetamine. More than 180.74 grams of methamphetamine was recovered.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David DeTar Newbert. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department.

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