The leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s branch in Kansas City was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking on Monday. 27-year-old Juan Manuel Lopez-Garcia, a citizen of Mexico who lived in Kansas City, was convicted by a jury in January on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute meth.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Lopez-Garcia was the main supplier of methamphetamine to a drug trafficking ring that operated in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He received 50 to 60 kilograms of methamphetamine from his brother, who was a high ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Lopez-Garcia paid for methamphetamine shipments he received by arranging to send payments in the form of $50,000 to $80,000 in cash at a time to Mexico in vehicles with hidden compartments. Lopez-Garcia was arrested September 5, 2014, at a residence in the 400 block of Shawnee in Kansas City, Kansas.
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