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KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Meth, Firearms

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing methamphetamine and firearms.


Michael Knight, 36, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 15 years in federal prison without parole.


On April 4, 2016, Knight pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug-trafficking crime.


Knight was arrested on Jan. 26, 2015, when the vehicle he was driving was stopped after leaving a residence that was under surveillance. Knight had approximately 1.41 grams of methamphetamine in his front pants pocket. Police officers searched Knight’s vehicle and found a loaded Taurus .44-caliber revolver under the front passenger seat, a Ziploc bag containing approximately 232 grams of methamphetamine, a folded paper containing .1 gram of heroin, a digital scale and two cell phones.


Officers also searched Knight’s hotel room and found a Wesson Arms .44-caliber magnum revolver lying on the bed and ammunition in the nightstand. Investigators found photos of Knight holding the firearms on his cell phone.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated August 30, 2016

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