A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on June 26 by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri in a case that had ties to Kansas City, Kan., and Mexico.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri, Simon Heredia-Torres, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 24 years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Heredia-Torres to forfeit to the United States $75,000, which represents the proceeds of his illegal drug trafficking
On May 14, 2012 Heredia-Torres pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from Feb. 1, 2006 to May 31, 2010.
Heredia-Torres admitted that he made several trips out of state to pick up methamphetamine for distribution in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In July 2007, for example, Heredia-Torres contacted others in the Phoenix, Ariz. area and picked up multiple pounds of methamphetamine. He later returned to Arizona, where he picked up more pounds of methamphetamine to bring back to the Kansas City area. Heredia-Torres admitted that he made these types of trips two to three times a month, and that he usually delivered two to four pounds of methamphetamine to different people in different locations on the return trips.
Heredia-Torres also admitted that he transported pounds of methamphetamine from Kansas City, Kan. He obtained the methamphetamine directly from a source in Kansas City, Kan., who brought it up from Mexico, according to the U.S. attorney's office.