Crime

Kansas City drug dealer is sentenced to life in prison

Andre Taylor, 49, also received a consecutive 30-year sentence for illegally possessing a machine gun as part of an unsuccessful murder-for-hire scheme.
Andre Taylor, 49, also received a consecutive 30-year sentence for illegally possessing a machine gun as part of an unsuccessful murder-for-hire scheme.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Kansas City man to life in prison for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and an unsuccessful murder-for-hire scheme.

Andre Taylor, 49, of Kansas City, also received a consecutive 30-year sentence for illegally possessing a machine gun as part of the murder conspiracy.

Jurors convicted Taylor in September of conspiring with others to distribute marijuana and cocaine from houses in the 2300 block of Hardesty Avenue beginning in February 2010.

FBI agents estimated that Taylor and his associates distributed more than 250 pounds of cocaine and at least 2,000 pounds of marijuana, prosecutors said.

The intended victim in the murder plot was a formerly trusted associate who Taylor thought had stolen money and drugs from Taylor’s apartment. Authorities arrested a would-be hit man before he could act, prosecutors said.

| Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com

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