Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Prison term ordered in federal drug case

June 27, 2007

A Leavenworth man whose apartment contained a crawl space where weapons and drugs were found earlier this year has been sentenced Monday to 135 months in federal prison on drug-trafficking charges.

Vernon M. Bronson, 27, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of crack cocaine. On Monday, he appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in federal court in Kansas City, Kan.

"Officers who served a search warrant at Mr. Bronson's residence in Leavenworth found a loaded .357 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver tucked into the couch, as well as a trap door leading to a crawl space beneath the house that contained drugs and more weapons," said U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren.

In his plea, Bronson admitted that on May 20, 2005, he and co-defendant Jay D. Carter were living at 726 Pottawatomie Street, Apartment A , in Leavenworth.

While serving a search warrant at the residence, investigators recovered more than 40 grams of crack cocaine, three handguns, a ballistic vest and more than $700 cash.

Carter pleaded guilty to conspiracy, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He was sentenced in May to 181 months in federal prison.

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