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Drug Trafficker Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced to life plus 30 years in federal prison for coordinating drug shipments for a trafficking organization that distributed more than $39 million worth of methamphetamine and marijuana in the metro area, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Vicencio Olea-Monarez, 38, Kansas City, Kan., was convicted in a jury trial on 21 counts including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking and unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the FBI began an investigation in July 2012 into a drug trafficking ring operating in Kansas City, Kan. Olea-Monarez was responsible for coordinating shipments of methamphetamine into Kansas City, Kan. He also trafficked in cocaine and marijuana.

Counting Olea-Monarez, six of 10 defendants in the case have been sentenced so far.

Beall commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel for their work on the case.

Updated November 4, 2016

Drug Trafficking