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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 1, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ST. JOSEPH MAN SENTENCED FOR METH,

ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Joseph, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today in two separate federal cases for distributing methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm.


            Michael R. Weiser, 26, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


            On March 5, 2009, Weiser pleaded guilty to the charges contained in two separate federal indictments. Weiser pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 


            Weiser admitted that during the conspiracy from Jan. 1, 2006, to March 14, 2008, he purchased methamphetamine from co-conspirators and sold it to others. It is estimated that the amount of methamphetamine which is attributable to Weiser is approximately 644 grams.


            Weiser also admitted that on Jan. 8, 2007, he was in possession of a Lorcin .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who is convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Weiser has prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute.


            These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles E. Ambrose, Jr., and David A. Barnes. They were investigated by the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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