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KC Man Sentenced to 19 Years for PCP Conspiracy

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 sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute PCP.

Ronnie Barrett, 46, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 19 years in federal prison without parole.

On Nov. 22, 2016, Barrett pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute PCP from Jan. 1, 2014, to May 21, 2015, and to aiding and abetting money laundering. Barrett admitted he was a mid-level PCP dealer and obtained multiple-ounce quantities of PCP to distribute in PCP-dipped cigarettes called “sticks,” half-ounce bottles, and full ounce bottles. Barrett possessed and distributed more than a kilogram of PCP.

Barrett also admitted that he aided and abetted an uncharged accomplice to launder drug-trafficking proceeds. Money obtained from the PCP conspiracy was used to purchase a 2006 Maserati Quattroporte at a car dealership in Kansas City, Mo., for $25,000, with the intent to conceal the ownership of the unlawful proceeds. The Maserati was purchased by Barrett but the vehicle was titled in the name of the uncharged accomplice.

Barrett is the final defendant among 11 defendants who have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in this case.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.

Updated June 1, 2017

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