Raytown man charged with drug trafficking, illegal firearm possession

Posted at 3:22 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 16:22:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18-year-old Raytown man has been charged with drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm.

Antonio Johnson was charged on Sept. 3 in a two-count complaint after he sold a stolen handgun to an undercover federal agent, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

An affidavit states that the agent "arranged four controlled purchases of marijuana" from Johnson in July and August. During the first interaction, Johnson had a pistol and black rifle in his vehicle, the release stated. In August, the agent told Johnson she wanted to purchase the pistol.

"On Sept. 1, 2020, Johnson allegedly met the undercover agent at his apartment and handed her a Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a baggie that contained 29 grams of marijuana, for which she paid a total of $680," the release stated. "Johnson allegedly agreed to get her more firearms. The pistol had been stolen from the personal vehicle of a Grain Valley, Missouri, police officer in August 2020."

The charges are connected to Operation LeGend, a federal partnership to fight violent crime in Kansas City, Missouri. The operation is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliffero, who was shot and killed earlier this year while asleep in his bed.

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