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Mexican national pleads guilty to meth conspiracy

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Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national pleaded guilty in federal court today, as his jury trial was scheduled to begin, to his role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri.

Jaime Gonzalez-Alvarado, 34, a citizen of Mexico residing in South Baja, Calif., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Barry County, Mo., from March 1, 2012, to Oct. 11, 2013. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Co-defendants Julio Vincente Mendoza, 33, a Mexican citizen who is a resident alien residing in Monett, Mo., Camilo Acosta, Jr., 22, of Imperial Beach, Calif., and Ernie Soto, 22, and Armando Arizpe, 24, both of Los Angeles, Calif., have pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

By pleading guilty today, Gonzalez-Alvarado admitted that he directed the delivery and then the distribution of methamphetamine, which was being delivered from California to Mendoza's residence in Monett. This methamphetamine was then distributed by Gonzalez-Alvarado and others in the Monett area and throughout southwest Missouri.

On Oct. 11, 2013, law enforcement officers in Oklahoma seized one of these shipments of methamphetamine that was enroute to Mendoza's residence in Monett. Officers seized 15 tape-wrapped bundles of methamphetamine weighing 14.61 kilograms.

On the same day, Missouri law enforcement officers conducted a controlled delivery of a portion of the methamphetamine to Mendoza's residence, where they arrested Gonzalez-Alvarado and the other co-conspirators. Officers executed a search warrant and seized $57,660 found in a locked safe, $3,000 found in a downstairs bedroom, a Smith and Wesson 10mm semi-automatic handgun with 50 rounds of ammunition, packaging material consistent with the packaging of methamphetamine, approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamine and a drug ledger notebook which contained names, numbers, and currency amounts.

Under federal statutes, Gonzalez-Alvarado is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole on each of the two counts. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nhan Nguyen. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Missouri State Highway Patrol; the Canada County, Okla., Sheriff's Department; the Barry County, Mo., Sheriff's Department; and the Barry County, Mo., Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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