14 charged after 200 lbs of meth seized in Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Fourteen people have been arrested after authorities seized more than 200 pounds of meth near Kansas City.

A news release from US Attorney Stephen McAllister says investigators found the meth while serving a search warrant at one of the suspect's houses in Kansas City, Kansas. 

The investigation took the DEA more than a year and ended with a 33-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, distribution, possession with intent to distribute and interstate communications in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Many of the charges have 

The following defendants have been charged:

Luis Martinez-Carrango, 57, Kansas City, Mo., conspiracy, interstate communications in furtherance of drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Alfredo Rey, 34, Kansas City, Kan., conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Antonio Edder Calderson-Reyes, 31, conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, interstate communication in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Raul Gutierrez-Zamaripa, 31, conspiracy.

Jose Rosa-Pacheco, 34, Kansas City, Kan., conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Carlos Rosa-Artia, 35: Kansas City, Kan., conspiracy.

Enrique Rodriguez, 42, conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Rusbein Galicia-Lopez, 31, conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, interstate communication in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Abraham Gutierrez-Ojeda, 36, conspiracy, distributing methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, interstate communication in furtherance of drug trafficking, 

Jerry Taylor, 44, conspiracy, interstate communication in furtherance of drug trafficking, distributing methamphetamine.

Yader Arita, 30, conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Manuel Leyva-Quijada, 43, Kansas City, Kan., conspiracy.

Mary Cain, 38, Kansas City, Kan., conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Christopher Hite, 36, conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted, the defendants could face the following penalties:

  • Conspiracy: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.
  • Distribution: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.
  • Possession with intent to distribute: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.
  • Interstate communication: Not more than four years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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