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KC Man Indicted for Illegal Firearm After Carrying Gun Into Federal Courthouse

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for illegally possessing a firearm that he brought into the federal courthouse.

Joshua D. Hughes, 42, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Hughes on May 26, 2017.

The indictment alleges that Hughes was in possession of a Sig Sauer .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun on May 26, 2017.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Hughes entered the lobby of the U.S. District Court, 400 E. 9th Street, at approximately 10:27 a.m. on May 26, 2017. A Kansas City police detective noticed that Hughes was obviously impaired as he walked up the steps to the courthouse, the affidavit says, and believed Hughes was under the influence of PCP. Hughes, who was carrying a black backpack, made contact with court security officers and stated, “I’m a felon in possession.” Hughes was frisked, the affidavit says, and officers found the loaded handgun in his boxer shorts.

The backpack Hughes had been carrying was placed in the x-ray scanner. Security officers observed several items which they believed to be contraband, the affidavit says, so they opened the backpack and located a bottle of suspected PCP. Hughes was placed under arrest and transported to an area hospital for treatment due to his level of impairment.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.

Larson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Caine. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Updated June 6, 2017

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