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Date: 09-20-2022

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United States of America v. Jesus Banuelos

Case Number: 4:19-cr-00377

Judge: Greg Kays

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Jackson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Kansas City, Missouri criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with
conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of distributing methamphetamine, and one count of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

Jesus Banuelos admitted that he was responsible for the distribution of at least 436.19 grams of pure methamphetamine. Banuelos was involved in the sale of approximately half a pound of methamphetamine to a confidential human source on two occasions in April and May 2019. When Banuelos was arrested during a traffic stop on May 8, 2019, Kansas City police officers could smell the odor of marijuana emanating from the driver’s side window of his vehicle and saw marijuana roaches in the ash tray in plain view. Officers searched his vehicle and found a Glock 9mm handgun. Banuelos told officers he used marijuana three or four days a week.

Outcome: Jesus Banuelos was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 18 years and nine months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Banuelos to forfeit to the government $23,974, which represents the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking. Banuelos admitted that he sold 436.19 grams of pure methamphetamine at a price of $2,300 per half pound. The court also held Banuelos responsible for trafficking an additional approximately 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine, for a total of almost 2.4 kilograms (about 5.2 pounds) of methamphetamine. At $2,300 per half pound, this results in a total amount of $23,974.

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