A Mexican national, described by federal law enforcement as a "one man crime wave," was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 15 kilograms or more of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri.
Roy Rodriguez, 22, US address unknown, was sentenced by United States District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Rodriguez to pay $9,000 in restitution to a witness whom he assaulted.
On January 31, 2006, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms, but less than 15 kilograms, of methamphetamine from August 2002 to September 20, 2004, in Jasper County and elsewhere in southwest Missouri. Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a Titan .25-caliber handgun and five rounds of ammunition on January14, 2004, in connection with the drug trafficking offense.
Rodriguez also admitted that he assaulted a federal grand jury witness, for which he has been charged in a separate case. Rodriguez assaulted the witness, stole his car, and stole property from his car in retaliation for that witness’ testimony about the drug trafficking conspiracy.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Rodriguez agreed to pay restitution to that victim and agreed that he should be subject to a sentencing enhancement for obstruction of justice. In exchange, the government has dismissed the federal indictment in that separate case.
Rodriguez also agreed that he should be subject to a sentencing enhancement for obstruction of justice because he led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit on May 19, 2005, as he fled to avoid arrest.
Rodriguez also attempted to flee from officers attempting to arrest him on June 17, 2005, when he struck an officer’s patrol car with his vehicle, thereby causing damage to the patrol car.
Rodriguez is among 10 co-defendants who have been convicted on charges contained in an October 14, 2004, federal indictment.
Operation Ice Storm was a long-term investigation into the illegal distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. Methamphetamine and Ice a highly potent form of methamphetamine were transported into Missouri from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Texas by female couriers who were paid to fly between the states with the drugs strapped under their clothes. This drug trafficking conspiracy had ties to the Mexican Mafia.
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