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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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JULY 25, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN OF MARIJUANA-GROWING CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today for his role in a marijuana-growing operation in Daviess County, Mo.


             Jhanmay Molina-Perez, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to manufacture marijuana from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2006, and of managing the property that was used for growing marijuana.


             On Sept. 6, 2006, a neighbor of the 22-acre property rented by Molina-Perez, which is located near Cameron, Mo., heard gunshots and discovered the bodies of two men who had been fatally shot. When law enforcement officers arrived at the scene they discovered a field behind the residence that was partially planted in corn in an attempt to conceal more than 3,000 marijuana plants, ranging from 6 to 12 feet tall.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about four hours before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner, ending a trial that began Monday, July 21, 2008.


            Under federal statutes, Molina-Perez could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $4.5 million. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregg R. Coonrod and Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Metro Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Daviess County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Cameron, Mo., Police Department, the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department, NITRO (the Northwest Missouri Interagency Team Response Operation), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, with assistance from the Daviess County, Mo., Prosecutor’s Office.

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