Federal jury finds Ellis County man guilty on drug, gun charges

WICHITA, Kan. – A federal jury Thursday found an Ellis County man guilty on drug and gun charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

In a news release, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas Barry Grissom said 30-year-old Joseph Anthony Ransom of Ellis, Kan. was convicted on count of growing marijuana plants, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

Grissom said during trial, the prosecution presented evidence that on Sept. 25, 2014, officers with the Ellis Police Department executed a search warrant at Ransom’s residence in Ellis. During the search, they found Ransom was growing 181 marijuana plants inside his home, and that he possessed a Zastava PAP M92 PV AK47 pistol and a .223 caliber rifle. Because of prior felony convictions, Ransom was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Sentencing for Ransom is set for Oct. 8. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each of the marijuana charges; a penalty of not less than five years for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and a maximum penalty of 10 years for possessing a firearm following a felony conviction.

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