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Date: 03-20-2020

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United States of America v. George Bush, Jr.

Case Number: 2:18-cr-20025-DDC

Judge: Daniel D. Crabtree

Court: United States District Court for the District of Kansas (Wyandotte County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: David Paxton Zabel and James T. Ward

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Description: Kansas City, MO - The United States of America charged George Bush, Jr. with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

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A jury convicted a Kansas City, Kan., man Wednesday on federal charges of heroin trafficking.

During trial, jurors saw video from hidden cameras in the drug house where the defendant and others distributed heroin.

George Bush Jr., 29, Kansas City, Kan., was convicted on the following charges:

Count one: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Count two: Distributing heroin.

Count three: Conspiracy to maintain a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Count four: Possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Count five: Possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Count seven: Possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Count eight: Possession with intent to distribute.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Bush and co-defendants dealt heroin out of a house at 823 Parallel Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

Five co-defendants pleaded guilty in the case: Albert Brown, 31, Kansas City, Kan. ; Isaiah Lewis, 23, Kansas City, Kan. ; Maurice Bluett, 26, Kansas City, Mo. ; Markelo Paden, 25, Olathe, Kan. ; and Benjamin Mims, 32, Lawrence, Kan.

Bush is scheduled for sentencing June 18. The counts carry the following potential penalties:

Count one: Not less than five years, not more than 40 years, and a fine up to $5 million.
Counts two, four, five, seven and eight: Up to 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Count three: Up to 20 years and a fine up to $500,000.

McAllister commended the FBI.

21:841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(i) and 846 - Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(1)
21:846 - Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 100 Grams or More of a Mixture and Substance Containing Heroin. Forfeiture Allegation. (SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 1/15/2020)
(1s)
21:841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C) - Distribution of a Mixture and Substance Containing Heroin; 18:2 - Aiding and Abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 1/15/2020)
(2s)
21:846 - Conspiracy to Maintain a Drug-Involved Premises. Forfeiture Allegation. (SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 1/15/2020)
(3s)
21:841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C) - Possessed with the Intent to Distribute a Mixture and Substance Containing Heroin; 18:2 - Aiding and Abetting. Forfeiture Allegations. (SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 1/15/2020)
(4s-5s)
21:841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C) - Possessed with the Intent to Distribute a Mixture and Substance Containing Heroin; 18:2 - Aiding and Abetting. Forfeiture Allegations. (SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 1/15/2020)
(7s-8s)
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) - Distribution of heroin and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(8)
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) - Distribution of heroin and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(10)
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) - Possession with intent to distribute heroin and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(11)
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) - Possession with intent to distribute heroin and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(14)
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) - Possession with intent to distribute heroin and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation. (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(16)
21:856(a)(1)&(2) - Maintaining a drug involved premises and 18:2 Aiding and abetting. Forfeiture Allegation (SEALED INDICTMENT FILED 4/11/2018)
(18)

03/01/2020 238 THIRD REVISED EXHIBIT LIST by USA as to George Bush, Jr (Zabel, David) Modified on 3/2/2020 (ses). (Entered: 03/01/2020)
03/02/2020 242 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: JURY TRIAL as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/2/2020. Jury selection held. Trial to resume on 3/3/2020 at 9:00AM. Defendant remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Kim Greiner) (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) (mig) (Entered: 03/02/2020)
03/02/2020 243 EXHIBIT LIST by USA as to George Bush, Jr (Zabel, David) (Entered: 03/02/2020)
03/03/2020 244 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: JURY TRIAL as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/3/2020. Opening statements by the parties. The government begins presentation of evidence. Trial to resume on 3/4/2020 at 9:00AM. Defendant remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Kim Greiner) (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) (mig) (Entered: 03/03/2020)
03/04/2020 245 EXHIBIT LIST by George Bush, Jr (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit List (Amended))(Naseem, Shazzie) (Entered: 03/04/2020)
03/04/2020 246 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: JURY TRIAL as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/4/2020. The government continues presentation of evidence. Trial to resume on 3/5/2020 at 9:00AM. Defendant remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Kim Greiner) (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) (mig) (Entered: 03/04/2020)
03/05/2020 247 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: JURY TRIAL as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/5/2020. The government continues presentation of evidence. Trial to resume on 3/6/2020 at 9:00AM. Defendant remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Kim Greiner) (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) (mig) (Entered: 03/05/2020)
03/06/2020 Set Additional Jury Trial Days as to George Bush, Jr: Jury Trial set for 3/10/2020 at 09:00 AM in KC Courtroom 476 (DDC) before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree. (mig) (Entered: 03/06/2020)
03/06/2020 248 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Defendant George Bush, Jr. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR THIS HEARING (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) In Court Hearing set for 3/9/2020 at 03:30 PM in Topeka Courtroom 403 before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree. (mig) (Entered: 03/06/2020)
03/06/2020 249 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: JURY TRIAL as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/6/2020. The government continues presentation of evidence. Trial to resume on 3/10/2020 at 9:00AM. Defendant remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Kim Greiner) (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) (mig) (Entered: 03/09/2020)
03/09/2020 251 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: IN COURT HEARING as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/9/2020. Defendant remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Sherry Harris) (mig) (Entered: 03/10/2020)
03/10/2020 250 COURT'S PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS to be used at Instructions Conference Conducted Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 30 as to George Bush, Jr. (mig) Modified on 3/10/2020 (mig). (Entered: 03/10/2020)
03/10/2020 252 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree: JURY TRIAL as to George Bush, Jr. held on 3/10/2020. Jury instructions conference held. Jury instructed. Closing arguments by the parties. The jury retires to deliberate. VERDICT RETURNED. (Court Reporter Kim Greiner) (Attachments: # 1 Witness Sheet, # 2 Government's Exhibit List, # 3 Defendant's Exhibit List) (mig) (Entered: 03/11/2020)
03/10/2020 253 JURY INSTRUCTIONS as to George Bush, Jr. (mig) (Entered: 03/11/2020)

Outcome: 03/10/2020 254 JURY VERDICT as to George Bush, Jr. (1). Guilty on Count 1, 2, 3, 4-5, and 7-8 of the Superseding Indictment. Not Guilty on Count 6 of the Superseding Indictment. (mig) (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/11/2020: # 1 Unredacted Jury Verdict) (hw). (Entered: 03/11/2020)
03/10/2020 256 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Defendant George Bush, Jr. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR THIS HEARING (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no.pdf document associated with this entry.) Sentencing set for 6/18/2020 at 01:30 PM in KC Courtroom 476 (DDC) before District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree. (mig) (Entered: 03/11/2020)
03/13/2020 257 JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL as to George Bush, Jr. Signed by District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree on 3/10/2020. (hw) (Entered: 03/13/2020)

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