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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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MARCH 12, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION GHOSTBUSTERS


NEW BLOOMFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a New Bloomfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of pounds of marijuana in Cole County, Mo.


            Shawn D. Reno, 34, of New Bloomfield, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.


            On, Aug. 14, 2007, Reno pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana from 1998 to July 2005. Reno admitted that he purchased marijuana from co-defendant Rodney Keith Rodebaugh, 30, of Jefferson City, Mo., and that he allowed Rodebaugh to store marijuana in various junk cars located on Reno’s farm.


             Rodebaugh was sentenced on Feb. 15, 2008, to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 28, 2007, Rodebaugh was convicted by a jury of participating in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana from as early as 1998 until July 2005. Rodebaugh was also found guilty of two counts of distributing cocaine, 11 counts of using a telephone to facilitate the drug trafficking conspiracy, one count of distributing marijuana, and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Rodebaugh was also convicted on a criminal forfeiture allegation, which requires him to forfeit to the government a 2002 GMC Yukon, which was used to commit the violations.


            Rodebaugh’s source of supply for cocaine and bulk quantities of marijuana was co-defendant Juan F. Aguilar, 33, of Kansas City, Mo., who was sentenced on March 7, 2008, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 10, 2007, Aguilar pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine.


            Rodebaugh was among four co-defendants who were convicted at trial and have been sentenced. Seven additional co-defendants pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Co-defendant Leonard Marshall Roark, 48, of Lohman, Mo., pleaded guilty to using a telephone to facilitate the drug trafficking conspiracy and awaits sentencing.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Kummerer. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department, MUSTANG (the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group), IRS-Criminal Investigation and the DEA Task Force in Kansas City, Mo.

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