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Life sentence set in Kansas drug trafficking case

December 13, 2011

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— A federal judge in Kansas has sentenced a California man to life in prison for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 27-year-old Samuel Barajas, of San Diego, was convicted in September of two methamphetamine charges and one count of using a cellphone for drug trafficking. He was sentenced Monday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan.

Prosecutors said Barajas was targeted during the investigation of a San Diego operation that was importing meth and cocaine into the U.S.

Investigators said Barajas was overheard giving orders for meth to be delivered to an address in the Johnson County town of Prairie Village. Authorities said they discovered a quantity of meth and nearly $70,000 in cash hidden at the northeastern Kansas property.

Comments

DRsmith 3 years, 7 months ago

Great justice system we have. Murderers don't see this sentence.

pocket_of_sunshine 3 years, 7 months ago

In the meantime child molesters, murderers, and rapists will be set free in just a few short years..

engagedecoy 3 years, 7 months ago

In the meantime child molesters, murderers, and rapists will be set free in just a few short years..

Welcome to the real world. Have you ever thought that maybe the group Anonymous is speaking truths?

The whole world will be awoken when it gets much worse than it is now.

Fossick 3 years, 7 months ago

Importing meth now? Jeez, we can't seem to produce anything domestically anymore.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 7 months ago

If we keep laying off science teachers so we can give the Koch Bros. tax breaks, perhaps new Breaking Bad type employment activities will be the "job growth" that Brownback is talking about.

devobrun 3 years, 7 months ago

I am a science teacher, bozo. The thugs who might steer away from crime are immune to science education and you know it. They are offered a life that satisfies them more than knowledge. Sex, drugs and wild times await them for the next few years if they skip school, bang with the gang, and sell drugs. They live a life that is short, brutal, and fun.

And that is what they wish. Science education? Come on bozo........you sound like an old fuddy-duddy.

Jobs from science? Where have you been. bozo? There hasn't been a real scientific breakthrough that led to jobs in decades. All the stuff you use that came from science is from science of pre-1960.

Oh wait, my DNA computer is telling me that my mu-meson generator is needing more strange attractors.......hah.

Fossick 3 years, 7 months ago

Oh, please. The template says that all societal and economic ills are caused by the Koch brothers and their tax breaks. How dare you opine that mere poor people have free will?

kawrivercrow 3 years, 7 months ago

Probably the best post I'll read this week.

WilburM 3 years, 7 months ago

this is why prisons are overcrowded and we spend so much incarcerating so many people. sure a jail sentence, but LIFE? What the hell? Just plain stupid, and very, very expensive. More hysterical anti-drug/crime madness.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 7 months ago

It's called the Prison-Industrial-Congressional Complex. The Stench of Truth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxNiNv...

kawrivercrow 3 years, 7 months ago

Tru dat! A far more practical approach from our perspective is to confiscate the poison and the let La Familia et al. mete out their own punishment

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Sigmund 3 years, 7 months ago

"Barajas, who was sentenced Monday, was part of an operation that imported as much as 40 pounds of meth and 44 pounds of cocaine a week into the United States, prosecutors said." http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/13/3317795/life-sentence-for-drug-trafficking.html#ixzz1gU2l7DJ5

Somehow that fact did not make it to the LJW.

Cai 3 years, 7 months ago

So 84 pounds of imported drugs is worth life in jail, but 2 armed car thefts and 20+ other thefts combined all add up to ... probation? http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/dec...

Fantastic.

pocket_of_sunshine 3 years, 7 months ago

Providing an illegal substance to someone who wants it is far worse than taking from someone by force apparently. Look at all the cases of people embezzeling money, hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Where are their life sentences? It is absurd and until there is a cure for addiction, we will never see a "win" on the so-called war on drugs.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

I would have a problem with this long of a sentence if it came as some big surprise. You know, "the law said I'd get five years and I got life instead ". But sentencing guidelines are out there for all to see. Anyone contemplating running drugs or robbing a bank can find out the range of sentences possible and then decide if the risk is worth taking. Because life in prison was a known possibility, I have no problem with this person getting life.

pocket_of_sunshine 3 years, 7 months ago

Do you honestly believe that a person looks up the possible sentences BEFORE committing the crime? Do you think this person knew, BEFORE he committed the crime, that there was a chance at a life sentence? Do you also believe that this is a fair sentence, when rapists, murderers, and pedophiles get far less? Our justice system is a joke at best.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

Obviously, if they looked it up, they wouldn't commit the crimes. Precisely because they didn't care enough to look it up, I don't care enough if they now believe their sentences are too long.

jafs 3 years, 7 months ago

It's not whether "they" think the sentences are too long, it's whether "we" do.

PrettyTony 3 years, 7 months ago

i totally agree with u pocket. That ish is crazy.

bearded_gnome 3 years, 7 months ago

I swear, it's about time we just stop, interrogate, and search every california man who's here, just based on general principles.

pace 3 years, 7 months ago

My guess is the guy deserves his time. Better than catch and release.

Sigmund 3 years, 7 months ago

Cai (anonymous) says… "So 84 pounds of imported drugs is worth life in jail, but 2 armed car thefts and 20+ other thefts combined all add up to ... probation?"

pocket_of_sunshine (anonymous) replies… "Providing an illegal substance to someone who wants it is far worse than taking from someone by force apparently."

The potential damage from 84 pounds of coke and meth a week is much larger, especially when addicts and dealers want it so bad they are willing to commit felonies like armed robbery to get it or the cash to buy it, or they abandon supporting their children and families because they are addicted.

jafs 3 years, 7 months ago

The obvious solution to that problem is to legalize drugs, not put drug importers in jail for life.

Sigmund 3 years, 7 months ago

jafs (anonymous) replies… "The obvious solution to that problem is to legalize drugs, not put drug importers in jail for life."

Legalizing drugs is neither a solution nor obvious. It's like saying legalizing tobacco solved the problem of lung cancer or legalizing alcohol was a obvious solution to drunk driving.

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