A 48-year old man from Kansas City, MO, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday for distributing crack cocaine and illegally possessing firearms.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Lamont E. Owens was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court ordered Owens' sentence to be served consecutively to the unexpired state sentence for a murder conviction for which he was on parole at the time of the federal offense.

In January 2018, Owens was found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm and 5 counts of distributing crack cocaine. He has been in federal custody since his arrest in October 2015.

According to evidence introduced during the trial, Owens sold crack cocaine to an undercover detective on five separate occasions between August and October 2015. Officers reportedly executed a search warrant at Owens’s residence on Oct. 27, 2015, and arrested him. He was in possession of 75 separate baggies, that contained a total of 15 grams of crack cocaine.

When officers searched the residence they seized an additional 49 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 30 grams of powder cocaine, over 125 grams of marijuana, a Grand Power 9mm handgun, a Rossi .357-caliber revolver, various rounds of ammunition and $9,829.00.

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