Feb 12, 2020 1:00 AM

Jury: Kansas man guilty of crack cocaine distribution

Posted Feb 12, 2020 1:00 AM
Johnson photo Wyandotte Co.
Johnson photo Wyandotte Co.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal jury convicted a Kansas man from  on drug and firearm charges, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Larry D. Johnson, 33, Kansas City, Kan., was convicted February 7, on one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

The crimes were alleged to have occurred May 15, 2017, in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Sentencing is set for May 7. The defendant could face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the drug charge, not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other firearm charge.

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Feb 12, 2020 1:00 AM
Brother, sister sentenced in Kansas City for marijuana conspiracy
Natalie McNeil photo MDC

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A sister and brother were sentenced Friday for their roles in a marijuana distribution ring that involved mailing marijuana from Colorado to Missouri.

Natalie McNeil, 34, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and Tanner McNeil, 30, of Denver, were in federal court in Missouri.

Natalie McNeil was sentenced to four years and three months without parole and ordered to forfeit $121,000 to the government. Tanner McNeil was sentenced to 2.5 years and ordered to forfeit just over $1 million.

They are among five Missouri residents and two Colorado residents who have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case, prosecutors said.

Tanner McNeil and Benjamin Parker, 29, of Denver, shipped the marijuana to co-conspirators in Missouri in sealed packages inside plastic protein containers, prosecutors said. Each shipment usually contained between 4 to 6 pounds. A total of 121 packages (484 to 726 pounds of marijuana) were shipped during the conspiracy.

Natalie McNeil deposited cash in the bank accounts of Tanner McNeil and Parker in Missouri. The men then withdrew the money from Colorado banks.

A total of $1.7 million in drug proceeds were deposited in Missouri, Investigators determined Tanner McNeil and Parker withdrew about $1.3 million in Colorado