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Posted at 2:04 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 15:05:49-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man could spend at least 20 years in prison without parole after being convicted of drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm.

Paris B.Young, 48, was stopped by Kansas City police in June 2018 after failing to signal at East 41st Street and Garfield Avenue. Young, who had exited his vehicle, refused to listen to officer commands to return to the vehicle, and eventually “pushed off of one officer and began to run,” according to a news release from the office of the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

He was taken into custody. When officers searched the vehicle, they located a Taurus .45-caliber revolver, which was loaded, under the driver’s seat. They also discovered more than 40 bags of crack cocaine and nearly 4.5 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, according to the release.

Young had a prior convictions for murder, armed criminal action, and possessing and distributing a controlled substance.

Due to federal statutes, Young will serve a “mandatory minimum” of 20 years at a federal detention facility without parole and could be sentenced to life.