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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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FEBRUARY 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR CRACK COCAINE


            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 possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.


            Michael E. Craddock, 21, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to 20 years in federal prison without parole.


            On Oct. 2, 2008, Craddock pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Craddock admitted that he agreed to sell crack cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer on March 13, 2008. Kansas City police officers executed a search warrant at Craddock’s residence and found crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, a loaded Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a loaded Polytech .308-caliber assault rifle. Officers also searched his pick-up truck and found crack cocaine. At the time of his arrest, officers recovered crack cocaine from Craddock.


            Craddock also admitted that he sold crack cocaine to another person on several occasions in February and March 2008.


            The amount of illegal drugs involved in the offense is 128.23 grams of crack cocaine, 878 grams of powder cocaine and 5.28 grams of marijuana.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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