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Kansas City man sentenced to prison for drug charges

A federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The judge ruled the man is not eligible for early parole.

According to court records, the Kansas City man pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in October 2011. Because he agreed to plead guilty, his attorney may have been able to negotiate a reduced sentence for him.

Police arrested the man in June 2010 as part of a drug sting that netted more than four kilograms of methamphetamine. At least two other men were also arrested in the sting.

After his arrest, the man allegedly told police officers he agreed to provide an acquaintance with a safe place to unload methamphetamine. The drugs were hidden in secret compartments of a vehicle.

Court records show the 43-year-old man told police the other defendants offered to pay him $1,000 for his assistance. Unfortunately for the 43-year-old man, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent was tailing his "co-conspirator's" vehicle. The agent allegedly observed the 43-year-old man leading the other men to a residence in Kansas City, Missouri.

After the men parked the vehicle in a garage at the residence, DEA agents searched the building. That is when the agents allegedly found more than five kilograms of meth. Additionally, reports state that they found five packages of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment in the vehicle and a paper bag containing five additional packets of meth in the garage.

The man's two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.

In any type of drug offense, it is important to have a thorough understanding if the evidence obtained against the accused was obtained legally. It is important for a defendant's rights to be protected. In order to do so, attorneys often investigate the circumstances and evidence behind the arrest, such as the validity of a search warrant, quantity and type of drug on the accused's person and even what role the individual played in the alleged operation. In some cases, individuals don't even know that there were drugs in the home or vehicle they were arrested in.

Source: Kansas City infoZine, "Kansas City, Kansas Man Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy," May 5, 2012

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