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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 4, 2016

Drug Trafficker Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years

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.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 4, 2016