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escaped prisoner recaptured, sentenced to 30 years
for $1.4 million drug-trafficking conspiracy,
stealing nearly 100,000 pills in pharmacy burglaries

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November 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Philadelphia, Penn., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a $1.4 million drug-trafficking conspiracy that included nearly 100,000 pills that were stolen in a series of pharmacy burglaries.

Tommy Haubrich, 40, of Philadelphia, Penn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 to 30 years in federal prison without parole. Haubrich was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions, including his escape from custody.

On Dec. 10, 2011, Haubrich escaped from the Lafayette County jail, where he was being held in custody after pleading guilty to the pharmacy burglaries and drug-trafficking conspiracy. Haubrich used a sawsall blade to access a door at the jail, then navigated through a maze of ductwork and located a vent that had access to the roof. Haubrich squeezed through the vent and jumped off the roof to the ground approximately 20 feet below. Haubrich was arrested at a St. Louis, Mo., residence on Dec. 13, 2011.

Haubrich and four co-defendants were charged in a Jan. 11, 2012, federal indictment. They have each pleaded guilty to their roles in the escape and await sentencing.

Haubrich and co-defendants Dustin Dean-Salem Kinnison, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., and Tufue Tua, 32, of Lee's Summit, Mo., pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to burglarize (or attempt to burglarize) at least eight pharmacies or pharmacy supply businesses in Missouri and Kansas between May 1, 2010, and Jan. 31, 2011. They stole nearly 100,000 pills, of which only about one-fourth have been recovered, with a street value of $1,440,000. They also participated in a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Kinnison was sentenced to 10 years and three months in federal prison without parole. Tua was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.

Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions within the Kansas City metropolitan area investigated a series of pharmacy burglaries and attempted burglaries that occurred between the late spring of 2010 and the winter of 2011. Those burglaries included Walgreen's Pharmacy, 330 S.W. Ward Rd., Lee's Summit, on May 29, 2010; Walgreen's Pharmacy, 9300 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 29, 2010; Walgreen's Pharmacy, 1536 E. 23rd St., Independence, Mo., on Jan. 1, 2011; and the Omni Care Pharmacy Distribution Center, 453 E. Red Bridge, Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 2, 2011.

Taken during the burglaries were more than 1 million dosage units of Oxycodone, as well as Alprazolam, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Ritalin, Percocet, Morphine and some controlled substance liquids.

According to court documents, approximately 43,000 pills of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin and Alprazolam were stolen in the Omni Care burglary. Approximately 19,000 pills of Ritalin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Morphine, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam were stolen in the Independence Walgreen's burglary. A total of 96,000 pills were stolen.

  Ammunition and firearms were recovered during the course of the investigation. Kinnison, who has a prior felony conviction for delivery of a controlled substance, was in possession of a Stag AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle with 114 rounds of ammunition that was recovered by law enforcement officers on Jan. 4, 2011, as well as a semi-automatic handgun, 58 rounds of .380-caliber ammunition, one round of .223-caliber ammunition and one 12-gauge shotgun shell that were recovered from his residence on Jan. 28.

Kinnison and Tua forfeited to the government a 2008 Chrysler 300M, a diamond-encrusted pendant and $22,562 that was recovered by law enforcement officers at the time of Kinnison's arrest. All three defendants also agreed to a money judgment of $1,444,120, which represents the street value of the 96,000 stolen pills at a price of $15 per pill, as well as the money stolen from the ATM inside the Walgreen's Pharmacy in Independence.

In addition to the two conspiracy counts, Haubrich and Kinnison each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute them. Haubrich also pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary of a controlled substance. Kinnison also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, to four counts of burglary of a controlled substance, and to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Tua also pleaded guilty to burglary of a controlled substance.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the police departments of Independence, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., Lee's Summit, Mo., Lenexa, Kan., Overland Park, Kan., Raytown, Mo., and Warrensburg, Mo.; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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