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Kansas City man sentenced to over 18 years in prison in $10M meth conspiracy

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Sep 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-21 06:48:04-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — A Kansas City, Missouri, man who admitted to distributing over 436 grams of methamphetamine will spend over 18 years in prison.

Last August, 23-year-old Jesus Banuelos pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

Banuelos contributed to a $10 million conspiracy that distributed a total of 1,000 kilograms of meth, the United States Department of Justice stated

Banuelos was involved in the sale of meth to a confidential human source on two occasions in April and May 2019.

On the day he was arrested, police found a Glock 9mm handgun in his vehicle. He was on state probation for stealing an AR-15 from a pawn shop.

Banuelos was also ordered to forfeit $23,974, which represents the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking.

He admitted to selling 436.19 grams of pure meth at $2,300 per half pound.

Banuelos was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to 18 years and nine months in prison.