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Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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.

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Sigmund 2 years, 4 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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Sigmund 2 years, 4 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.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 4 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.

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PrettyTony 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 4 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.

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Cai 2 years, 4 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.

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Sigmund 2 years, 4 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.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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ljreader 2 years, 4 months ago

Could be he's hooked up with Mexican cartels. Ruthless murderers. You lay with dogs, you get fleas.

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WilburM 2 years, 4 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.

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Fossick 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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engagedecoy 2 years, 4 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.

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pocket_of_sunshine 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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DRsmith 2 years, 4 months ago

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

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