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Sinaloa cartel’s Kansas City drug chief gets life in prison

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s branch in Kansas City was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking on Monday. 27-year-old Juan Manuel Lopez-Garcia, a citizen of Mexico who lived in Kansas City, was convicted by a jury in January on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute meth.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Lopez-Garcia was the main supplier of methamphetamine to a drug trafficking ring that operated in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He received 50 to 60 kilograms of methamphetamine from his brother, who was a high ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Lopez-Garcia paid for methamphetamine shipments he received by arranging to send payments in the form of $50,000 to $80,000 in cash at a time to Mexico in vehicles with hidden compartments. Lopez-Garcia was arrested September 5, 2014, at a residence in the 400 block of Shawnee in Kansas City, Kansas.

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