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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Independence Father, Son Plead Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., father and son pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

 

Jesse L. Davis, Jr., 27, and his father, Jesse L. Davis, Sr., 50, both of Independence, pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from November 2013 to September 2014.

 

By pleading guilty today, Davis, Jr., admitted that he lived in the home of a co-conspirator, where drug transactions occurred, to act as a “strong hand” and provide protection. According to today’s plea agreement, Davis, Jr., is individually responsible for the purchase and redistribution of at least 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Davis, Jr., must forfeit to the government a money judgment of $52,500 (based upon a conservative street price of $35 per gram of methamphetamine).

 

Davis, Sr., admitted that he purchased methamphetamine from a co-conspirator and then redistributed the methamphetamine to others. According to the plea agreement, Davis, Sr., is individually responsible for the purchase and redistribution of approximately 340 grams of methamphetamine. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Davis, Sr., must forfeit to the government a money judgment of $11,900 (based upon a conservative street price of $35 per gram of methamphetamine).

 

Under federal statutes, Davis, Jr., is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Davis, Sr., will be sentenced to 87 months in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Edwards. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 20, 2016