National Sentenced To 21 Years
In Multi-Kilo Meth Conspiracy
AUG 22--SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI: Preston L. Grubbs,
Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration
St. Louis Division Office, and Bradley J. Schlozman, United States
Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a
Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for his role
in a conspiracy to distribute 15 kilograms or more of methamphetamine
in southwest Missouri.
Ice Storm was a long-term investigation into the illegal distribution
of large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. Methamphetamine
and Ice a highly potent form of methamphetamine were transported
into Missouri from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Texas by female couriers
who were paid to fly between the states with the drugs strapped under
their clothes. This drug trafficking conspiracy, Schlozman added,
had ties to the Mexican Mafia.
Roy Rodriguez, 22, address unknown, was sentenced by United States District
Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison
without parole. The court also ordered Rodriguez to pay $9,000 in restitution
to a witness whom he assaulted.
On January 31, 2006, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy
to distribute at least five kilograms, but less than 15 kilograms, of methamphetamine
from August 2002 to September 20, 2004, in Jasper County and elsewhere in southwest
Missouri. Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a Titan .25-caliber
handgun and five rounds of ammunition on January14, 2004, in connection with
the drug trafficking offense.
Rodriguez also admitted that he assaulted a federal grand jury witness, for
which he has been charged in a separate case. Rodriguez assaulted the witness,
stole his car, and stole property from his car, Schlozman said, in retaliation
for that witness’ testimony about the drug trafficking conspiracy. Under
the terms of the plea agreement, Rodriguez agreed to pay restitution to that
victim and agreed that he should be subject to a sentencing enhancement for
obstruction of justice. In exchange, the government has dismissed the federal
indictment in that separate case. Rodriguez also agreed that he should be subject
to a sentencing enhancement for obstruction of justice because he led law enforcement
officers on a high-speed pursuit on May 19, 2005, as he fled to avoid arrest.
Rodriguez also attempted to flee from officers attempting to arrest him on
June 17, 2005, when he struck an officer’s patrol car with his vehicle,
thereby causing damage to the patrol car.
Rodriguez is among 10 co-defendants who have been convicted on charges contained
in an October 14, 2004, federal indictment.
Victor M. Gomez-Coronado, 34, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced on June 12,
2006, to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. Gomez-Coronado
pleaded guilty on January 11, 2006, to participating in the methamphetamine
conspiracy. Gomez-Coronado was a manager of the drug trafficking organization,
and possessed a firearm in connection to the drug trafficking offense.
Roberto Rodriguez, 31, formerly of Jasper County, was sentenced on June 7,
2006, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Rodriguez pleaded guilty
on February 15, 2006, to his role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Marcus Glover, 26, of Joplin, was sentenced on June 7, 2006, to 14 years in
federal prison without parole. Glover pleaded guilty on January 26, 2006, to
his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.
Jeffrey S. Bateman, 37, of Joplin, was sentenced on June 6, 2006, to nine years
and six months in federal prison without parole. On February 3, 2006, Batemen
pleaded guilty to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Bateman also
pleaded guilty to being in possession of a .22-caliber Titan handgun on February
6, 2003, for the purpose of furthering and facilitating his drug distribution
activities. Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal to possess
a firearm during or in relation to a drug trafficking crime. When law enforcement
officers arrested Bateman following a traffic stop on February 6, 2003, he
had a large knife concealed under his duster-style coat as well as an empty
black holster, approximately 36.01 grams of methamphetamine concealed in his
underclothing, and $1,315 in his wallet. Law enforcement officers found the
handgun inside the vehicle, under the center armrest.
Ricki J. Gomez, 38, of Carthage, was sentenced on March 29, 2006, to four years
and nine months in federal prison without parole. On September 1, 2005, Gomez
pleaded guilty to being in possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Gomez was stopped by Webb City, Missouri, police officers on June 6, 2004.
During the traffic stop, officers seized 54.85 grams of methamphetamine, which
was 75 percent pure, and $9,559. Gomez admitted that she intended to distribute
some or all of the methamphetamine to another person. Gomez also admitted that
the money in her possession was obtained from the proceeds of methamphetamine
sales. Gomez also admitted that she was in possession of 10.57 grams of methamphetamine
at her residence on September 20, 2004.
Ronald D. Preston, 35, of Joplin, was sentenced on November 10, 2005, to 15
years and eight months in federal prison without parole. On April 13, 2005,
Preston pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Jacquelyn M. Witt, 21, of Carthage, Missouri, was sentenced to three years
and seven months in federal prison without parole. Witt pleaded guilty on April
18, 2005, to her role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Amy C. Lawrence, 22, of Joplin, Missouri, was sentenced to five years of probation,
including six months of home confinement. Lawrence pleaded guilty on July 8,
2005, to her role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Emmanuel Rodriguez, 28, of Joplin, was convicted by a federal jury of being
one of the leaders of the methamphetamine conspiracy and awaits sentencing.
As a result of his conviction, Rodriguez will forfeit to the government any
property used facilitate the conspiracy or that was derived from the proceeds
of the conspiracy, including $3,002 seized at the time of his arrest, $5,352
seized from his residence and a 2000 Lincoln Navigator.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robyn L. McKee
and Dave Rush. The case was investigated by the Jasper County Drug Task Force,
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bureau of Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Joplin, Missouri,
Police Department, the Carthage, Missouri, Police Department, the Jasper County,
Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, the Jasper County, Missouri, Metropolitan
Police Department, the Carterville, Missouri, Police Department, the Newton
County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol,
the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team and the Texas Department of Public
Requests for additional information should be directed to Group Supervisor
Phillip A. Jacobs or Public Information Officer Special Agent Shirley Armstead