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

Dec 6, 2019, 15:36 PM by AG Schmitt
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.

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.

The Safer Streets Initiative, an unprecedented cooperative effort between the U.S. Attorneys Office and the Attorney General’s Office, was launched in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield earlier this year. Under the initiative, Assistant Attorneys General were sworn in as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) to prosecute violent crimes at the federal level in the U.S. Attorneys Office. SAUSAs in the Western half of the state were sworn in on August 22 by U.S. Attorney for the Western District Tim Garrison. 

Original press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office can be found here: 
https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/three-men-charged-drug-trafficking-conspiracy-agents-seize-14-kilos-meth