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Date: 04-11-2024

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United States of America v. Joshua L. Alley

Case Number: 4:23-cr-00119

Judge: Greg Kays

Court: The United States District Court for the Kansas City (Jackson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Missouri

Defendant's Attorney:

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Kansas City, Missouri. criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with possessing methamphetamine to distribute and illegally possessing a firearm.

KCK Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Meth Trafficking, Illegal Firearm

On Nov. 30, 2023, Joshua L. Alley, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of being a felon and an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Independence, Mo., police officers located a stolen 2013 Hyundai Accent parked at a local convenience store on May 18, 2023. They maintained surveillance of the vehicle until Alley came out of the store and got into the driver’s seat.

Despite the deployment of pursuit termination devices, Alley led police officers on a high-speed chase. Alley drove through a line of trees and drove the vehicle down the embankment of a small creek, disabling the vehicle. Alley climbed out of the driver’s side window of the vehicle, which was still running and in drive. The vehicle was lying vertically in the creek bed. Alley fled on foot through the woods, discarding a bag of methamphetamine as he ran, but was taken into custody.

Officers recovered the bag that had been discarded by Alley, which contained 84.8 grams of methamphetamine. An officer returned to the car, where he found a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a Ruger magazine that contained five rounds of hollow point ammunition.

Alley admitted that he used methamphetamine a couple of times a day, and that he had been using methamphetamine for the past six months.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Alley has four prior felony convictions for armed criminal action, three prior felony convictions for burglary, and prior felony convictions for robbery, stealing, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, assault, domestic assault,

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to twenty-one years in federal prison without parole.

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