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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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DECEMBER 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ARKANSAS WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO METH,

MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY


FORFEITS $208,000 AND 14-ACRE PROPERTY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mountain Home, Arkansas woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and to her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and engage in money laundering.


            Kathleen M. Novy, 49, of Mountain Home, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to the charges contained in a Nov. 19, 2008, superseding indictment.


            Novy was arrested on Aug. 14, 2008, following law enforcement surveillance of her travel to Kansas City, Mo., to purchase methamphetamine. After following Novy’s vehicle to Clinton, Mo., where a state trooper stopped the vehicle, law enforcement officers seized about three pounds of methamphetamine, $11,223 and a Taurus .40-caliber handgun from her vehicle.


            Novy admitted that she had been purchasing large quantities of methamphetamine from sources in Kansas City since 2003. She also admitted that she had a large quantity of cash at her home, which was the proceeds of methamphetamine trafficking, and that she had used other drug proceeds to purchase a tract of land in northern Arkansas. Law enforcement officers later seized $196,895 from Novy’s residence.


            According to today’s plea agreement, the quantity of methamphetamine attributable to Novy during the conspiracy is approximately two kilograms.


            By pleading guilty today, Novy also agreed to forfeit to the government $208,118 that was seized by law enforcement officers from her residence and vehicle, as well as a 14-acre property that was purchased with the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking.


            Under federal statutes, Novy is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose, Jr. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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