California Man Sentenced to Life
In Drug Trafficking Case In Kansas
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man has been sentenced to life for his part in a drug trafficking conspiracy in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Samuel Barajas, 27, San Diego, Calif., was convicted in a jury trial in September on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of using a cellular phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Barajas was targeted as part of an investigation into a trafficking operation in San Diego, California, that was importing 30 to 40 pounds of methamphetamine and 20 kilograms of cocaine weekly into the United States.
Investigators intercepted cellular phone calls in February 2010 in which Barajas directed the delivery of methamphetamine to an address in Prairie Village, Kansas. Investigators seized $69,700 in cash from a hidden compartment in a vehicle and 1.35 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed under attic insulation in a house at 5007 W. 71st Street Terrace in Prairie Village.
Grissom commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug for their work on the case.