A Monett man will spend the next 12 years and seven months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Barry County.
Ramon Hernandez-Pacheco, 29, was sentenced to prison last Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr. Hernandez-Pacheco was also ordered to forfeit $24,094 that was seized from his residence during the investigation.
A federal jury convicted Hernandez-Pacheco of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in Barry County from July 2006 through Aug. 16, 2006.
Jose Serrano-Rodriguez, 41, of Purdy, was Hernandez-Pacheco's co-defendant. Serrano-Rodriguez was also convicted of methamphetamine conspiracy by a federal fury and sentenced to three years and seven months in federal prison on May 21.
According to United States Attorney John F. Wood, Hernandez-Pacheco and Serrano-Rodriguez are citizens of Mexico who have lawful permanent residence status in the United States. Both men were ordered to serve their time without the possibility of parole.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Milligan and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison. The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and U.S. Immigration investigated the case.