KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving a large quantity of methamphetamine shipped to his residence and to illegally possessing firearms.
Danny Sanchez, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
Federal investigators intercepted a 23-pound package shipped from San Diego, California, on Aug. 10, 2018, that was addressed to Sanchez’s residence. Officers conducted a controlled delivery of the package, which contained more than 5.4 kilograms of methamphetamine. After removing a portion of the methamphetamine, an officer posing as a delivery driver left the package on Sanchez’s front porch. When Sanchez carried the package inside, officers executed a search warrant and entered his residence.
Inside the residence, officers found the partially opened box next to an I.O. Inc. 7.62 x 39 caliber semi-automatic rifle. Officers also found a Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun in Sanchez’s vehicle.
Sanchez told officers that he received other packages containing methamphetamine, which he delivered for $2,000 per package.
Under federal statutes, Sanchez is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missouri Western Interdiction and Narcotics Task Force (MoWIN).