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November 19, 2015

Kansas City Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for being the leader of a drug-trafficking conspiracy and for money laundering.

Rudolfo Villareal, also known as “Gordo” and “Rudy,” 41, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

On March 18, 2015, Villareal pleaded guilty to being the leader of a conspiracy that distributed 20 kilograms of cocaine and 8,095 kilograms of marijuana over a five-year period from April 2007 to April 2012. Villareal also pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Six co-defendants in addition to Villareal have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in this case. Donald Morgan, also known as “Rone,” 43, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Derrick K. Vaughn, 47, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to six years in federal prison without parole. Paul Tinoco, Sr., 67, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Edward M. Sola, 41, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. James Comer, 37, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to four years in federal prison without parole. Andrea Mabe, 39, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and IRS-Criminal Investigation.

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