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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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JANUARY 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC, FLORIDA MEN INDICTED FOR $2 MILLION

COCAINE CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man and a Pembroke Pines, Fla., man were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine in the Country Club Plaza area.


            Jacques Lavigne, also known as Frank Moran, 64, of Kansas City, and Oscar A. Torres, Jr., 38, of Pembroke Pines, were charged in a nine-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s superseding indictment replaces a Nov. 7, 2007, indictment, adding Torres as a co-defendant.


            The federal indictment alleges that Lavigne and Torres participated in a conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine from 2002 to Oct. 12, 2007. The indictment also alleges that Lavigne and Torres were in possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on Oct. 12, 2007. Lavigne is also charged with six counts of distributing cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint that was filed against Lavigne and Torres on Oct. 15, 2007, Torres was arrested when his vehicle was stopped on Interstate 70 in Lafayette County, Mo., on Oct. 2, 2007. Torres was allegedly traveling from Florida to deliver approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine to Lavigne. Torres allegedly delivered two kilograms of cocaine to Lavigne on Aug. 26, 2007. According to the affidavit, Lavigne told FBI agents that he had been living under the identity of Frank Moran since the early 1980s.


            Today’s indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Lavigne and Torres to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including $2,010,390 that was received in exchange for the distribution of cocaine. The forfeiture allegation also includes personal property seized from Lavigne at his apartment at the Locarno Apartments on Ward Parkway, including $461,722, jewelry with an estimated value of $51,000, various paintings, sculptures and other artwork with an estimated value of $33,866, two flat screen televisions and a projection television and a 2003 Mercedes-Benz.


            Wood 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 Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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