A Kansas City, Mo., man who called 911 emergency assistance for his mother was sentenced in federal court after the police officers who responded to his home found illegal drugs, six firearms he illegally possessed, and large amounts of cash.
Michael Thomas Cummings II, also known as “Blue,” 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 18 years in federal prison without parole.
On Feb. 15, 2023, Cummings pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms.
Kansas City police officers arrived at Cummings’s residence shortly before midnight on June 7, 2021, after he had called 911 for his mother because she was unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel were in the process of attempting lifesaving measures when police officers arrived, but she was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at approximately 12:04 a.m. on June 8, 2021. Cummings, who lived with his mother, told officers she suffered from cognitive decline. Officers noted she appeared to be emaciated.
Officers saw a loaded Heckler & Koch .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol sitting next to $438 in cash on a table. They also saw an SKS-style 7.62 x 54mm assault rifle with a magazine leaning against the wall of a back stairwell that led to the basement. Cummings, a felon, was arrested for illegally possessing the firearms.
Officers executed a search warrant at Cummings’s residence later the same day. They found a total of 351.37 grams of methamphetamine in Cummings’s bedroom and a Pioneer Arms 7.62 x 39mm AKM-47 style pistol in a bedroom closet. On a desk in the bedroom, officers also found a baggie that contained approximately .24 grams of fentanyl/heroin, two baggies that contained approximately 28.1 grams of crack cocaine, as well as a baggie of marijuana in a desk drawer. Officers also found $3,512 in cash in the bedroom.
Officers found a Ruger .22-caliber pistol in another bedroom that had been converted into a weight room.
In a third bedroom, officers found a Smith and Wesson AR-15-style assault rifle in the closet a safe that contained $175,100 in cash, and a Ruger revolver that had been reported as stolen.
Officers also found $180 under the couch cushion, and sodium sulfate, which is often used by drug dealers as a cutting agent to dilute drugs, on a coffee table.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Cummings has a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford. The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI investigated the case.