Wichita Men Convicted On Federal Drug Charges

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

The following is from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

A jury has convicted two Wichita men on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Michael Biglow, 46, Wichita, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and five counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

James Black, 41, Wichita, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, five counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking and four counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Biglow and Black participated in a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine in Wichita in 2007. Investigators intercepted phone calls in both men were involved in making drug deals. Biglow was recorded making drug deals on Sept. 10, Sept. 12, Sept. 13, Sept. 14, and Sept. 21, 2007. Black was recorded making drug deals Sept. 6, Sept. 11, Sept. 13, Sept. 14 and Sept. 17, 2007. In addition, Black was found in possession with intent to distribute cocaine on Sept. 6, Sept. 11, Sept. 13 and Sept. 17, 2007.

Sentencing is set for July 2. The crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million for Biglow; a maximum penalty of 20 years for Black.
Using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of four years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on each count.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case.


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