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Three Men Charged with Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy, Agents Seize 14 Kilos of Meth

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three men were charged in federal court today for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy after federal agents seized 14 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Jose Alvarado, 26, Victor Gomez-Rendon, 28, and Enrique Antonio Herrera-Saucedo, 21, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Missouri.

Today’s federal criminal complaint alleges that Alvarado, Gomez-Rendon, and Herrera-Saucedo participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Aug. 15 to Dec. 4, 2019.

According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s criminal complaint, Alvarado met with an undercover special agent on seven separate occasions and sold the undercover agent a total of approximately 925 grams of methamphetamine and 30 firearms. Alvarado agreed to sell a larger quantity of methamphetamine and more firearms, the affidavit says, telling the undercover agent that his supplier would be able to obtain 10 kilograms or more of methamphetamine.

On Dec. 4, Alvarado and the undercover agent met at a residence in the 2600 block of Cypress Avenue in Kansas City. Gomez-Rendon and Herrera-Saucedo arrived at the residence and delivered 14 kilograms of methamphetamine.

The charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Caleb Aponte, who is a cross-designated prosecutor from the Missouri Attorney General’s office as part of the Safer Streets Initiative to combat violent crime. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
 The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Missouri. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program that identifies the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated December 5, 2019

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