Two La Monte Men Senteced In Drug Trafficking Case

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, August 26 2013 Aug 26, 2013 Monday, August 26, 2013 5:30:00 PM CDT August 26, 2013 in News
By: Lowell Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Two La Monte men were sentenced in federal court on Monday due to involvement in a Mexican drug trafficking operation.

Both cases are part of a federal investigation into the Los Parientes drug-trafficking organization. Los Parientes is made of Mexican nationals who smuggle large quantities of methamphetamine into southern California and then drive it to Kansas City, Kan., for further distribution.

Jose Martinez Torres, 27, of La Monte, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge to 10 years and one month in federal prison without parole.

On Nov. 5, 2012, Torres pleaded guilty to his role in the distribution of methamphetamine from Aug 2010 to Nov. 25, 2011. Torres admitted he participated in two undercover drug buys involving undercover law enforcement and Justin Jeremiah Sorrell of Green Ridge. Across two separate transactions, Sorrell bought over three ounces of methamphetamine for $7,500 and then sold the drugs to undercover officers. During one of the transactions, Torres explained that his cousins brought the methamphetamine from Sinaloa, Mexico. Afterwards the drugs moved to Tijuana, Mexico and then across the border. The supplier at the time was the number two on FBI's ten most wanted list.

Torres was arrested during a traffic stop on July 8, 2011, for possession of a bag of methamphetamine and a bag of cocaine hidden inside a flashlight. He was released on bond by state authorities, but was later arrested on a federal warrant.

Sorrell pleaded guilty in a separate case and was sentenced on April 1, 2013, to four years in federal prison without parole.

Miguel Angel Arroyo, 26, of La Monte, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On March 25, 2013, Arroyo pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine. Arroyo admitted that he sold two ounces of methamphetamine to an undercover officer for $2,800. Arroyo claimed he was selling four pounds of methamphetamine and that he was expecting 400 pounds of marijuana.

Both cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. They were investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, the Sedalia, Mo., Police Department and the Warrensburg, Mo, Police Department.

 

 

 

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