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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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

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OCTOBER 17, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MONETT MAN SENTENCED FOR METH CONSPIRACY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Monett, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court 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 sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Hernandez-Pacheco to forfeit to the government $24,094 that was seized from his residence.


            On March 20, 2008, Hernandez-Pacheco was convicted by a federal jury 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, 41, of Purdy, Mo., a citizen of Mexico with lawful permanent residence status in the United States, was sentenced on May 21, 2008, to three years and seven months in federal prison without parole. Serrano-Rodriguez pleaded guilty on Sept. 28, 2007, to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.


            This case was 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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