A Kansas City, Missouri, man who used his smart phone to pass a note to a teller was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison for robbing a bank, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Ryan Michael Cothern, 41, Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to committing a robbery Oct. 3, 2017, at US Bank at 9900 W. 87th St. in Overland Park, Kansas.
Prosecutors said Cothern handed a teller his cell phone with a message that read, “Put the 100s, 50s and 20s in the bag.” When the teller hesitated, Cothern said, “Don’t do anything you shouldn’t do.” The teller put cash and a GPS monitoring device in the bag before pulling the alarm. Cothern was arrested near the 8300 block of Melrose Street.
McAllister commended the Overland Park Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.
A Kansas City, Missouri, woman pleaded guilty today to selling heroin that caused a user’s near-fatal overdose, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Loretta Gilliard, 34, Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.
The investigation began when a user from Overland Park, Kansas, bought heroin from Gilliard and then overdosed and lost consciousness. Emergency medical technicians responded and saved the user’s life by administering an opioid reversing agent called Narcan.
Investigators learned that Gilliard had sold heroin to the user more than 100 times, usually two to four times a week. Investigators made controlled buys from Gilliard.
Sentencing will be set for a later date. Both parties have agreed to recommend 84 months in federal prison. McAllister commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.
A former postal worker in Johnson County was sentenced Tuesday to five years on federal probation for smuggling marijuana through the mail, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Terrell Dewayne Shears, 25, Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. In his plea, he admitted he gave addresses on his route to marijuana traffickers in Arizona.
The traffickers mailed parcels containing marijuana to addresses on his route and Shears intercepted the packages, according to his plea. Shears dropped the packages off at an apartment building where he had been instructed to leave them and texted a recipient he knew only by a first name to pick them up.
Investigators seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana from his postal vehicle, according to authorities.
Beall commended the U.S. Postal Service and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney James Ward for their work on the case.