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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR METH CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 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 methamphetamine.


            Juda B. Aguilera, 32, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Jduge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole.


            On Dec. 20, 2006, Aguilera pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine between May 31 and June 27, 2006. Aguilera also pleaded guilty to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on June 2, 2006.


            Co-defendants Angelica Hernandez-Galvan, 20, and Edgar Bernal, 19, both of whom are citizens of Mexico residing in Kansas City, have also pleaded guilty to participating in the methamphetamine conspiracy and await sentencing.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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