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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Two KC Men Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms for Large-Scale Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Kansas City, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a large-scale drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Frenklyn Piggie, 39, and Olufemi Siffre, 39, both of Kansas City, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner. Piggie was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole. Siffre was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

Piggie and Siffre have each pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of crack cocaine. Piggie also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

According to court documents, Piggie was the leader of an extensive network of cocaine and crack cocaine dealers. Siffre purchased cocaine from Piggie and other suppliers. Piggie and Siffre sold cocaine and crack cocaine to numerous street-level drug dealers.

Investigators learned that Piggie would be receiving a large shipment of cocaine and that Siffre was to purchase a portion of this shipment. Search warrants were executed at Piggie’s residence and at Siffre’s drug houses on Jan. 5, 2014.

Piggie was armed with an FNH semi-automatic pistol with an extended, 30-round magazine when officers entered his residence. Piggie and his supplier, co-defendant Jesus M. Frye-Santoyo, 31, of Kansas City, Kan., were found hiding in the garage and were both arrested.

Investigators recovered six kilograms of cocaine and approximately $185,000 in drug-trafficking proceeds from Piggie’s residence. Investigators also recovered four other firearms during the search of the residence, including a loaded AK-47 assault rifle beneath a sofa in the living room, a loaded Desert Eagle 9mm pistol under a sofa cushion in the living room, a Ruger 9mm pistol with an extended magazine in a backpack under the kitchen table and a loaded FNH pistol on the floor in a bedroom.

Investigators also recovered evidence of crack cocaine trafficking from Siffre’s houses, including drug paraphernalia, three bags containing a total of 20 grams of cocaine, and a bag containing a small amount of crack cocaine. Investigators also found a .44-caliber revolver in a hidden compartment in a bedroom closet.

Piggie’s criminal record details a lengthy criminal history that is characterized by drug distribution and the possession and use of firearms, including two prior convictions in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm. A months-long investigation of Piggie and his co-conspirators included numerous controlled purchases and the use of wiretaps.

Frye-Santoyo was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to his role in the conspiracy.

Piggie, Siffre and Frye-Santoyo are among 18 co-defendants who have been sentenced in this case. Co-defendant James Caldwell, 39, of Kansas City, Mo., has pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and awaits sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brent Venneman and Jeff Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 7, 2017