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Case Number: 4:22-cr-00078
Judge: Howard F. Sachs
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Jackson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Kansas City
Description: Kansas City, Missouri criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with smuggling more than 33,000 counterfeit pills that contained nearly four kilograms of fentanyl aboard a bus traveling through Kansas City, Mo., from Los Angeles, Calif.
Matthew J. Gomez, 28, pleaded guilty to possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
Members of the Missouri Western Interdiction Task Force (MoWIN) watched Gomez at a local bus terminal on March 16, 2023, as he got off a bus traveling through Kansas City from Los Angeles. Gomez was wearing a backpack and carrying a large duffel bag. He walked out the front doors of the bus terminal and paced back and forth on the sidewalk while making a call on his cell phone.
The detective asked Gomez if he would consent to a search of his luggage. Gomez placed his duffel bag on the ground and was in the process of removing his backpack when he quickly stepped away from the detective in an attempt to flee. A struggle ensued, and Gomez was eventually placed under arrest and escorted into the terminal.
Officers searched Gomez’s backpack and found three large, heat-sealed packages that contained numerous blue M30 pills. The Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory subsequently confirmed that the recovered pills contain fentanyl. The number of pills totaled 33,497 for an approximate weight of 3,684.97 grams, or 8.12 pounds.
Under federal statutes, Gomez is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. 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 Robert M. Smith. It was investigated by the Kansas City Mo., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE
Outcome: 06/07/2023 47 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Howard F. Sachs: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING held on 6/7/2023. Plea entered as to Matthew J Gomez (1) Guilty of Lesser Offense, Count 1. Court accepts plea as being made freely and voluntarily. Presentence Report ordered. Defendant is remanded to custody of USM. Time in court: 9:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. To order a transcript of this hearing please contact Jodi Quelle, 816-512-5623. (Anderson, Christy) (Entered: 06/07/2023)
06/07/2023 48 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Matthew J Gomez. (Anderson, Christy) (Entered: 06/07/2023)