Forty-year-old Juan Moreno-Malagon of Highlandville is sentenced to 11 years in federal prison without parole. Fifty-six-year-old Jesus Moreno-Malagon of Ozark and 27-year-old Valentin Gomez-Torres of Battlefield are each sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in federal prison without parole. And 33-year-old Luis Ramon-Lara of Morrisville receives a sentence of 4 years and 2 months in federal prison.
All four pleaded guilty after being charged in a multi-pound methamphetamine distribution conspiracy operating in Springfield, Christian, Taney and Polk Counties. The case began in 2012 when couriers were intercepted by law enforcement in New Mexico and Texas. The couriers reportedly told arresting officers the meth they were carrying from Mexico was en route to the Springfield area.
Others have been charged and convicted in the investigation, including 35-year-old Rita Vera of Monett and 49-year-old Timothy Williams of Strafford.