Rasheed Shakur liked to think of himself as "the Michael Corleone of Kansas City." The 42-year-old, who also used the alias "Charles G. Cook," had a taste for expensive shopping trips in Beverly Hills stores. He'd spend $300 on a bandanna or drop $700 on a pair of shoes. Jewelry was even more expensive (anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000). Shakur owned a timeshare in Los Angeles and several residential
properties in Kansas City.
But Shakur's life of luxury is over, now that a federal jury has convicted him for his role in a multimillion-dollar drug-trafficking conspiracy.
Shakur led "a large-scale drug-trafficking conspiracy" that supplied
the metro with millions of dollars' worth of marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy from July 1, 2004, to June 25, 2009. He ran the operation from residences in Jackson County but lived in the
In the first four years of the operation, Shakur received his marijuana,
cocaine and Ecstasy from a source in El Paso, Texas. The drugs were
flown in on a private plane to the Johnson County Executive Airport.
Each week, Shakur received several hundred pounds of weed, 5 to 7
kilograms of cocaine and an unknown amount of Ecstasy.
After his El Paso source was lost, Shakur found another partner in
Arizona. Twice a month, he traveled to Phoenix to buy weed, which he
mailed back to KC.
Shakur also took down a postal employee with him. The postal worker told Shakur the safest way to ship drugs through the mail and also
helped him track lost packages that were seized by postal inspectors.
Shakur paid his co-conspirators between $200 and $250 to receive
packages, which they'd return to him when he arrived in KC.
Shakur was also convicted of participating in a money-laundering
conspiracy, in which he bought real estate with drug money. On top of
that, he was convicted of two counts related to distributing cocaine and
marijuana, one count of being a felon in possession of firearms, and one
count of possessing firearms in furtherance of those drug-trafficking
Also found guilty in the drug-trafficking conspiracy was 33-year-old Latoyce Stockman. The feds say that of the 30 defendants in the case, 27 have pleaded guilty. One person is locked up in Mexico. And two people are still on the run.
The feds are taking $2.9 million from Shakur, which they say was the
proceeds from the weed he sold in the conspiracy. They're also claiming
three residential properties, a 2002 Dodge pickup truck, a 2007 Audi and
thousands of more dollars. It's not like Shakur is going to need any of
this where he's headed.
Shakur is facing a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison
without parole. Stockman could get up to five years without parole.
Those hearings will be scheduled after a pre-sentence investigation by
the U.S. Probation Office is completed.