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Son of alleged mob boss faces weapons, meth charges

It seems that criminal charges sometimes run in the family. The son of an accused mob boss from Kansas City has made an initial court appearance in connection with weapons and drug charges, according to local media reports. The 59-year-old man was relatively quiet in court, where he was officially charged with possessing a 9mm handgun while high on methamphetamine. The charges were levied because of an incident on Feb. 22 2012, according to local authorities.

The man's father reportedly led a massive organized crime ring in the Kansas City area shortly after his uncle died, and his father was imprisoned. That man died in 2006, according to local authorities, though his influence clearly remains to this day.

Officials did not comment about the delay in charging the suspect. It's possible that a related federal methamphetamine case could have put roadblocks ahead of prosecuting attorneys. Authorities report that the man in this case was receiving methamphetamine from a large distribution network based in Northland. Three people have been charged in connection with that distribution ring, two of which have already pleaded guilty.

It is not clear whether the man was held for a year as prosecuting attorneys sorted out their case against him. Rather, it appears that attorneys for the state allowed the man to go free, only recommending that he be detained between being charged and going to trial for the alleged crime. If the man was held for nearly a year while charges were being filed, it is possible that he would be able to collect financial compensation from the department that moved so slowly.

Authorities report that the man does not have a history of federal violations; he has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the past, but this is his first felony offense. He successfully served his probation for that violation in 2004. The man's relatively sparse rap sheet, along with a potential guilty plea, could keep him out of jail altogether, depending on the prosecutors' willingness to accept negotiated terms.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Son of alleged former mob boss appears in court," Mark Morris, Feb. 6, 2013.

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