Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mexican Drug Cartels Smuggled Hundreds of Kilograms of Cocaine to Kansas City

By: infoZine

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five Kansas City, Mo., residents were convicted by a federal jury today for their roles in one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the Kansas City area.

Operation Blockbuster dismantled a local drug-trafficking organization that smuggled hundreds of kilograms of cocaine worth millions of dollars from Mexico to distribute in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Operation Blockbuster was a multi-agency investigation that also involved the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas.

Adrian Dunn, also known as “A.D.,” 37, Vincent E. Charles, also known as “Zeno” or “Z,” 42, Danny R. Moore, 54, Cheo D. Miles, 38, and Dennis Westbrook, also known as “Westcrook,” 31, all of Kansas City, Mo., were found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana from January 2007 to August 2009. In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, Dunn, Moore and Westbrook were each convicted of using a telephone to facilitate the distribution of cocaine and marijuana. All of the defendants remain in federal custody pending a sentencing hearing.

Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that the leader of the conspiracy, co-defendant Alejandro S. Corredor, also known as “Lou Lou,” “Rolo,” and “Alex,” 36, a citizen of Colombia residing in Kansas City, Mo., had connections with a Mexican drug cartel. Corredor called his supplier in Mexico to order cocaine to be delivered to the Kansas City metropolitan area. A normal load of cocaine would be from 20 to 50 kilograms, which was smuggled in vehicles driven to Kansas City from Mexico. After Corredor sold the cocaine and collected the money, he packaged the cash in bundles that were hidden in false compartments of various vehicles. The vehicles would then deliver the money to the El Paso, Texas, area, where it would be transported across the border into Mexico.

Corredor pleaded guilty on July 7, 2010, to his role as the leader of the drug-trafficking conspiracy, as well as to cash smuggling, money laundering and illegally possessing a firearm. Corredor also admitted that he was involved in plans to assassinate two men in the Kansas City area in April and June 2009. One cartel-ordered assassination resulted in a Mexican national being shot and wounded in June 2009. The second murder resulted in the death of Steven James in April 2009.

Law enforcement officers seized large quantities of cocaine and marijuana and millions of dollars in alleged drug proceeds during the investigation. For example, while executing a search warrant at a Kansas City, Mo., residence, officers seized 46 kilogram bundles of cocaine, $151,000, and a drug ledger. The ledger showed that during a four-month period of time this drug-trafficking organization distributed more than 800 kilograms of cocaine and received $10 million in drug proceeds.

Law enforcement officers also seized more than $1.6 million that was hidden in two vehicles on March 9, 2009. Agents were conducting surveillance at a Kansas City residence that day when they observed co-defendants hiding what they learned were bundles of cash inside the door panels of a Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep was stopped by a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol while traveling through Cass County, Mo. During a search of the Jeep and a Nissan that was being towed, the trooper recovered 163 bundles of cash. Among several other cash seizures, officers seized nearly $654,000 in a traffic stop on May 9, 2009, and more than $50,000 from another vehicle on May19, 2009, all of which was proceeds from the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated for about five hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, ending a trial that began Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

Nine co-defendants have pleaded guilty to charges contained in a Aug. 20, 2009, superseding indictment, including Corredor, his wife, Cindi M. Corredor, 29 (a U.S. citizen), Roy D. Murray, also known as “Wonderbread,” 37, Daoud L. Homes, also known as “Bootsie,” 32, Nicholas L. Lathen, also known as “Sleeze,” 25, and Sean Charles, also known as “Slim,” 27, all of Kansas City, Mo., Terrance M. Harris, also known as “T-Nutty,” 25, of Independence, Mo., Kendall L. Howard, 31, of Kansas City, Kan., and Delondo Bellamy, also known as “Lando,” 45, of Oakland, Calif.

Under federal statutes, each of the defendants convicted today is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Marquez and Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

12 comments:

  1. They should have moved to California and grown weed.

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  2. Some of those guys sound black. Who were they working with? Why do I want to say Juarez has a presence in Kansas City?

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  3. J

    You are correct, juarez does indeed have a presence...copy and paste my link...

    http://www.kmbc.com/r/19080714/detail.html

    some info such as the number of cities with juarez presence and the DOJ cartel (US) map is woefully obsolete....but it confirms your notion of KC and Juarez

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  4. Anon....4:51 AM
    Put the meth pipe away and get some sleep, because you are an incoherent idiot.

    However: if you have 2 brain cells remaining to rub together to create a spark, then listen; I always comment with my name BUELA, if you see it, that means it is Buela posting a comment, hence DON'T READ THE COMMENT...just pass it by.

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  5. Here is the ICE & DOJ report has additional info. I was looking for pics, none there but one report did describe Danny R. Moore as a male black.

    Though convictions are current, looks like this is pretty old "News", from 2007 until june of 2009 when the bust went down.

    http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/0906/090612kansascity.htm

    http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2009/corredor.ind.htm

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  6. They are constantly doing this, reporting old news, or reporting the bust when it's arrested it's last suspect. There was a report two weeks ago on DEA seizing 500 ki's in ATL from Beltran Leyva operators, which has to be at least three years old.


    At least half those dudes are black, the nicknames tell that. Not that it really matters. KC is heavy in the gang (black) scene as far as the midwest.

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  7. @J

    You're right it doesn't really matter I guess, but I was surprised when I first heard cartels were using black gangs. I don't know why, perhaps because in SoCal they really don't mix, or much anywhere else. The only gangs I have not heard of joining forces with the cartels are Asian gangs. But just a matter of time. LA and LBC have Vietnamese, Cambodian etc..a big presence, guess we have it all, unfortunately.

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  8. I don't think 'they' were working with the cartels, those guys were probably three/four times removed from the main guy with the Juarez source. People under him were working with the black gangs. Bust probably came from the bottom up, as usual.

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  9. @ J

    I think they are...perhaps not "with" should be "for" 3 or 4 times removed would not have been in the same "operation" or targeted.

    doesn't matter however, it means little really other than to calculate where/who in the US Cartel map. The map included was very old in terms of the spread being so rapid and fluid. They are now in each of the states..well mainland.

    IMO

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  10. Buela. Source receieves cocaine shipment of 20 kilo. Gives 5 each to 4 people, who give 1-2-3, to maybe 10 people, who give smaller quantities to maybe 20 people, and so on. Some guy getting a half ki or something gets caught, and up the ladder it goes until it's all over. Thats what I mean by three/4 times removed. Although the Beltran Leyva's were working with and protecting Craig Petties (black) who was the source for BMF cocaine in the early 2000's. Who knows. I think it's rare.

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  11. I stay in KC and lets just say the assumptions being made are just that.

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  12. Alejandro the main guy, a colombian national (who looks white), who was working with the cartel. He was the one who was working with all the black guys, they worked dirrectly under him. He started running with all of these rappers (SORRY, "wanna be rappers") in KC. Alejandro spoke spanish of course, but he is fluent in both english and portuguese, he really is a smart guy but he got involved with the wrong croud- not sure why he turned so bad- his family are good, hard working people.- He was just a bad lemon- I think he was the product of his childhood. He looked up to Paublo Escavar- and probably even looked up to the guerrillas who once kidnapped him and held him hostage for ransom when he was very young. He lost his mother to an abusive man who was involved with the colombian cartel and felt the power which he held, when the police did nothing to bring justice to his mothers killer. Just a long story of a scary childhood- which doesn't give him the right to do what he has done, but I believe was an influence in what he became. Makes me very sad for him, in so many ways.

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