A United States District Judge in Kansas City, Missouri, sentenced three Mexican nationals to time in federal prison as a result of their involvement in a drug trafficking ring. The three men were convicted of distributing large amounts of methamphetamine. Their sentences ranged from 10 years and 10 months to 18 years in prison. None of the three men are eligible for parole.
Each of the three men pleaded guilty to drug offenses that included conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The trio also confessed to both using and conspiring to use a firearm while trafficking in illegal drugs. The crimes took place over a period that began in May 2018 and ended in December of the same year.
The investigation pertaining to the criminal actions of the three men ended when four other individuals involved with the drug-trafficking network were arrested with 25 pounds of methamphetamine in their possession. The bust took place when the co-conspirators attempted to sell 13 kilos of the drug to an undercover agent employed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The crime ring also sold eight illegal guns to law enforcement personnel. In addition to the ATF agents who worked on the case, agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Homeland Security Investigations took part in the operation.
Drug offenses at both the state and federal levels can result in serious penalties for the convicted party. Not only does the threat of jail exist for people convicted of using or selling drugs, but significant financial penalties can also be assessed when large quantities of prohibited substances were sold. Individuals facing drug-related charges may benefit greatly from having an experienced criminal defense attorney working to minimize the damage they experience as a result of the accusations.