Topeka man indicted on gun, drug charges

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TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man with a record of felony convictions has been indicted on federal gun and drug charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Dustin C. Lynch, 30, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after felony convictions, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 15, 2013, in Shawnee County, Kan.

The indictment alleges Lynch possessed a 9 mm pistol while he was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions. The indictment cites prior felony convictions in 2008, 2009 and 2010 on charges including burglary, aggravated burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years in federal prison on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction; not less than five years on the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and a maximum penalty of 30 years and a fine up to $2 million on the drug charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Mattivi is prosecuting.

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