A drug dealer who led police on a high-speed chase out of northwest Independence last year faces at least 10 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
George Schrand, 36, of Kansas City was found guilty Tuesday after the jury at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated less than an hour in a two-day trial. He faces at least 10 years in federal prison without parole and is to be sentenced a later date.
Evidence in the trial showed that on March 13, 2017, an Independence police officer saw Schrand, driving 1996 Ford Mustang, rev the engine and accelerate recklessly from East Golf Avenue and Home Street. The officer tried to pull him over, but instead a chase ensued.
His Mustang reached speeds of at least 80 mph through residential areas and city thoroughfares, and at one point traveled into oncoming traffic and nearly caused a collision. Kansas City Police stop sticks disabled the Mustang, and Schrand ran off, jumping over a fence near 18th Street and Bennington before an Independence police dog found him hiding underneath a parked vehicle a couple short blocks away.
Schrand had dropped a backpack near the fence that he jumped. Inside officers found plastic bags containing 179 grams of pure meth, Schrand's billfold, marijuana, eight tablets of Valium and drug paraphernalia. On his person, Schrand had nearly $21,000 in cash and a baggie of meth.
When Schrand was arrested, he already had an arrest warrant for failure to appear in Platte County, for a motor vehicle theft charge from 2014. Dating back to 2002 he also has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, receiving stolen property, credit card fraud, tampering with and stealing motor vehicles and resisting arrest, according to state court records.