Topeka Man Pleads Guilty To Drugs, Firearms Charges

TOPEKA, KS. – A Topeka man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms and drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Willie C. McNair, 26, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 3.1 kilograms (more than six pounds) of marijuana and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

In his plea, McNair admitted that on Dec. 9, 2011, the Topeka Police Department executed a search warrant on his storage unit at Flex Self Storage, 447 SE 29th Street in Topeka. They found 3.1 kilograms of marijuana and two rifles and a handgun. At the time, McNair was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm because he had been convicted Nov. 21, 2011, in Shawnee County District Court on a charge of kidnaping.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 9. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway for their work on the case.

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