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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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FEBRUARY 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEXICAN NATIONAL PLEADS GUILTY

TO METH CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


             Rogelio Isais-Muniz, 32, a citizen of Mexico living in Edgerton, Kan., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to the charge contained in a Sept. 13, 2006, federal indictment.


             By pleading guilty today, Isais-Muniz admitted that he participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine between Aug. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2006.


            Under federal statutes, Isais-Muniz could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $4 million. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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