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mexican national sentenced for meth conspiracy

November 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, 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.

Francisco Rodriguez-Guerra, also known as Felipe Camarena, 24, a citizen of Mexico residing in the Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

On March 16, 2011, Rodriguez-Guerra and co-defendant Gilberto Baldenegro-Valdez, 28, also a citizen of Mexico, were convicted by a jury of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Baldenegro-Valdez was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison without parole on Sept. 20, 2011.

Rodriguez-Guerra and Baldenegro-Valdez, both of whom were illegally present in the United States, sold high grade, pure methamphetamine to a confidential informant during two controlled transactions on March 21, 2010.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin G. Davids and Brian P. Casey. It was investigated by the FBI, the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.

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