Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STATE NEWS: Arizona Man Sentenced After Arrest With Almost 100 Kilos of Marijuana

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A man from Arizona was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison after being stopped with almost 100 kilograms of marijuana in his car, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Pilar Angel Leon-Beltran, 35, Tucson, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. In his plea, he admitted that on Dec. 30, 2013, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped a car in which he was a passenger in Ellis County, Kan.

In the Chevrolet Impala, officers found 10 bales of marijuana with a gross weight of 101.76 kilograms, including packing. Leon-Beltran fled on foot when the car stopped. He was arrested about three hours later.

The parties agreed that the net weight of the marijuana without packing was less than 100 kilograms but more than 80 kilograms. The vehicle in which the defendant was riding had been rented the day before in Denver.

Co-defendant Crystal Amarillas-Norzagaray, 23, Tucson, Ariz., is set for sentencing Nov. 24.

Grissom commended the Kansas Highway Patrol and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs for their work on the case.