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      Missouri man sentenced to life for drug trafficking

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man convicted in a cocaine trafficking operation has been sentenced as a career offender to life in prison without parole.

      The U.S. Attorney's office says the sentence imposed Monday on 31-year-old Theodore Wiggins was mandatory because of his prior felony convictions for drug offenses. Prosecutors said two of those convictions involved carjackings, including one in which he shot at pursuing officers.

      Wiggins was found guilty in June of participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy and selling cocaine to an undercover officer.

      Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved distribution of large amounts of powder and crack cocaine in the metro area. Twenty-four people have pleaded guilty to charges related to the operation, including a Raytown man who bought cocaine by the kilogram from suppliers in Kansas City, Kan.