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Former Topeka Correctional Employee Sentenced On Federal Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. – A former employee of the Topeka Correctional Facility has been sentenced to five years in prison on a federal gun charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Anastacio D. Gallardo, 33, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. In his plea, he admitted he was driving a van on Aug. 8, 2012, when the Topeka Police Department stopped him for a traffic violation. A search of the van revealed a tool box between the front seats that was found to contain methamphetamine. Also in the toolbox were a box of baggies, two sets of scales, a radio-frequency scanner and two loaded handguns, including a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver and a Glock .40 caliber pistol.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot for their work on the case.

Updated December 15, 2014