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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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MARCH 20, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JURY CONVICTS MONETT MAN FOR METH CONSPIRACY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Monett, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Barry County, Mo.


            Ramon Hernandez-Pacheco, 29, of Monett, a citizen of Mexico with lawful permanent residence status in the United States, was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from July 2006 to Aug. 16, 2006, in Barry County.


            Co-defendant Jose Serrano-Rodriguez, 40, of Purdy, Mo., a citizen of Mexico with lawful permanent residence status in the United States, pleaded guilty on Sept. 28, 2007, to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy and awaits sentencing.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield deliberated about 10 hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr, ending a trial that began Monday, March 17, 2008.


            Hernandez-Pacheco will also be required to forfeit to the government $24,094 seized from his residence on July 27, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Milligan and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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