Previously deported, Mexican national pleads guilty to drug charges and sentenced to 16+ years

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Kansas City, Mo; Luis Manuel Gonzalez-Rodriguez Sentenced to 16 Years for Meth Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Mexican
national who resided in Springfield, Missouri, was sentenced in federal court
today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of
methamphetamine in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and in the Springfield area.
Luis Manuel Gonzalez-Rodriguez,
44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 16 years and eight months
in federal prison without parole.
On Jan. 6, 2020,
Gonzalez-Rodriguez pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to
distribute methamphetamine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a
drug-trafficking crime, and illegally reentering the United States after having
been deported.
Gonzalez-Rodriguez was arrested
on Nov. 2, 2017, when law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his
residence. Gonzalez-Rodriguez attempted to flush approximately 157.1 grams of
methamphetamine down the toilet as officers entered the residence. Officers
searched the residence and found an additional 3.7 grams of pure
methamphetamine, cocaine, a Walther .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol that had
been reported stolen in Arkansas, ammunition, 14 cell phones, ledgers and drug
notes, and $21,558. Gonzalez-Rodriguez admitted that he was illegally present
in the United States. He was deported in October 2011 after previously having
been convicted of illegally reentering the United States.

Gonzalez-Rodriguez’s plea
agreement cites several controlled purchases of methamphetamine by cooperating
law enforcement sources, as well as his involvement in several controlled
purchases by a cooperating source from co-defendant Jason Edward Hochard, 41,
of Kansas City, Kansas, during the investigation of the drug-trafficking
organization.
Hochard was sentenced on July 30,
2020, to 14 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.
On Nov. 1, 2017, co-defendant
Darely Dominguez-Bustillos, 26, of Kansas City, Kansas, delivered one pound of
methamphetamine to Gonzalez-Rodriguez. Dominguez-Bustillos then transported
$8,000 in illicit drug proceeds from Gonzalez-Rodriguez back to her residence. Law
enforcement discovered this money when they later executed a search warrant at
her residence and in the vehicles located at that residence.
Dominguez-Bustillos was sentenced
on May 20, 2020, to four years in federal prison without parole.
Gonzalez-Rodriguez’s plea
agreement also cites multiple deliveries of methamphetamine to co-defendant
Tara Hageman, 45, of Springfield. When law enforcement officers executed a
search warrant at Hageman’s residence, they seized 103 grams of pure
methamphetamine and two handguns.
Hageman, who admitted she
distributed the methamphetamine to others, was sentenced on March 11, 2020, to
seven years in federal prison without parole.
Co-defendant Armando
Quintana-Galaz, 38, a citizen of Mexico residing in Springfield, was sentenced
on May 26, 2020, to 16 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.
Quintana-Galaz had been deported from the United States six times before being
arrested on Nov. 2, 2017, in Springfield. At that time, he was again illegally
present in the United States. When law enforcement officers executed a search
warrant at Quintana-Galaz’s residence on that day, they found approximately
3.159 kilograms of pure methamphetamine in a hamper in the master bathroom and
approximately 189 grams of pure methamphetamine in a dresser in the master
bedroom. They found a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun, a Norinco SKS
762-caliber rifle, various ammunition, a bag that contained approximately four
grams of cocaine, and six cell phones. They also found a Taurus 9mm
semi-automatic handgun in his Jeep Grand Cherokee. Officers also found $40,020
in a dresser in the master bedroom, $6,295 in the pocket of his pants that were
on a TV stand, and $293 in a suitcase in the master bathroom closet. According
to his plea agreement, the $46,608 seized from Quintana-Galaz’s residence would
convert to more than 2.6 kilograms (2,642.6 grams) of methamphetamine.
Co-defendant Miguel Angel
Ramirez-Romero, 27, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Kan., was
sentenced on Nov. 13, 2019, to 14 years in federal prison without parole.
Gonzalez-Rodriguez is the final
defendant in this case to be sentenced, among six defendants who have been
convicted.
This case was prosecuted by
Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford. It was investigated by the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).