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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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JUNE 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR

DRUG TRAFFICKING, ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy and for illegally possessing firearms.


            Jamal T. Norris, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Norris to forfeit $23,341, representing the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking, which was seized by law enforcement officers from Norris and from his residence.


            On March 19, 2008, Norris pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana in Jackson County, Mo., from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2002. Norris also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms in furtherance of that drug-trafficking crime. Norris admitted that he and a co-conspirator were in possession of two 9 mm Ruger handguns and a 7.62 Norinco assault rifle on April 24, 2002.


            Norris, a member of the 51st Street Crips gang, sold drugs for co-defendant Steve L. Wright, Jr., also known as “Moody,” 24, of Kansas City, who was convicted at trial for committing three murders, as well as the drug trafficking conspiracy that included additional shootings and narcotics violations. On Feb. 9, 2007, Wright was sentenced to two life sentences plus 170 years in prison that will be served concurrently, followed by 110 years that will be served consecutive to the life sentences.


            Norris, along with Wright and other members of the 51st Street Crips, repeatedly engaged in illegal drug trafficking and possessed firearms that were used to protect their drug supplies and the profits of their drug sales. Norris, along with Wright and other gang members, engaged in turf wars with rival groups over areas in which drugs were illegally sold.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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