Posted: Jun 10, 2013 2:47 PM by KOMU 8 Staff
Updated: Jun 19, 2013 9:33 AM
JEFFERSON CITY- A Callaway County man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in Boone, Callaway, and Cooper counties, said U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson. Jason Randall Holloway, 33, pleaded guilty for participating in a conspiracy to dispense at least 100 kilograms of marijuana and at least five kilograms of cocaine. His participation occurred from 2007 to September 2010. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute, distributing marijuana and possessing marijuana and cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Holloway said that for the past two years, he had been gathering about 50 pounds of marijuana and one kilogram of cocaine each month from Kansas City, Mo. sources. Primarily his source was Jaime Cerros-Perez, also called Leonel Espinoza, Jr, 31. Cerros-Perez was sentenced to federal prison last September to seven years and three months without parole after pleading guilty for his role in the conspiracy.
Officers began their sting July 2010, when a cooperating law enforcement source bought about 10 pounds of marijuana from Holloway. On Sept. 6, 2010, Holloway and others went from Columbia to Kansas City, Mo. where they picked up Cerros-Perez, and then traveled to Kansas City, Kan. While under police surveillance, Holloway and Cerros-Perez obtained about one kilogram of cocaine. The group then went to an apartment building, where they received a suitcase that had about 50 pounds of marijuana. After dropping Cerros-Prez back off, they returned to Boone County. Officers stopped the car and located the cocaine beneath the front passenger seat.
Holloway is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years without parole, under federal statutes. He could receive up to life in prison without parole. A sentence hearing will be scheduled after a presentence investigation is completed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Kummerer is prosecuting the case and the Drug Enforcement Administration, MUSTANG, Fulton Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Columbia Police Department, the Callaway County Sherriff's Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department all participated in the investigation.