A man from Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine near a playground in Kansas City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Arrick Warren, 29, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Bethany Park playground in Kansas City, Kan., one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the playground, and one count of maintaining a residence within 1,000 feet of the playground in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Warren initially was charged in June 2013 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.
A criminal complaint alleged investigators with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department arranged to make two controlled buys of crack cocaine from Warren, who was dealing drugs from a residence at 1026 Reynolds Ave., in Kansas City, Kan.
On Jan., 16, 2013, investigators served a search warrant at the house, where they seized drugs, more than $25,000 in cash and a .45 caliber pistol.
Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic for their work on the case.