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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Clark Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Meth Conspiracy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Clark, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Randolph and Boone Counties, Mo.

Miguel Flores-Ramirez, 33, of Clark, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

On June 21, 2016, Flores-Ramirez pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from May 19 to May 23, 2014.

Law enforcement officers intercepted phone calls between Flores-Ramirez and another individual that indicated a shipment of methamphetamine was to be delivered to him in Columbia, Mo. He arranged for his wife and co-defendant, Kena Marie Flores-Ramirez, 28, and co-defendant Nina Marie Mabrey, 38, of Clark, to pick up a vehicle in which the methamphetamine was hidden and drive the vehicle back to their residence in Clark.

Officers saw Kena Flores-Ramirez leave their residence at 5:21 a.m. on May 23, 2014. She and Mabrey drove to a parking lot on Vandiver Drive in Columbia, where they met a car carrier. Mabrey drove out of the parking lot in a maroon 1999 Toyota Tacoma (with no registration) that had been on the car carrier.

Law enforcement officers made contact with the driver of the car carrier, who stated that he worked for a logistics company from Maryland. He showed the agent a bill of lading for a 1999 Toyota Tacoma that he had just delivered. He stated that he had obtained the vehicle on May 21, 2014, in Denver, Colo., and that it was the last vehicle he picked up before driving to Columbia. He stated that he just delivered the vehicle and was paid a $600 transport fee.

Officers conducted traffic stops of both Kena Flores-Ramirez and Mabry. A narcotics dog alerted to the area of the rear bumper and the passenger side rear wheel well on the exterior of the Toyota Tacoma. They were released, but officers kept the Toyota Tacoma in order to conduct a more thorough search. After they left, officers intercepted a phone call in which Kena Flores-Ramirez called her husband and told him they had been stopped, the truck had been taken, and to clean out the house and dispose of everything. Later that day, officers intercepted a phone call from Miguel Flores-Ramirez to another individual in which he said “they will find something” (the methamphetamine) “if they tear it (the Tacoma) apart.”

Officers searched the Toyota Tacoma and found six large vacuum-sealed bags and four smaller bags of methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank. The large bags weighed approximately one pound each, and the smaller bags approximately a half-pound each, for a total of 3.492 kilograms of pure methamphetamine.

Kena Flores-Ramirez has also pleaded guilty to her role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and awaits sentencing. Mabrey pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Jan. 26, 2017, to three years of probation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 23, 2017