A 35-year old man from Kansas City, MO, recently pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 35-year old Alfredo Soto-Contreras, also known as “Antonio,” pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to use firearms during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime.

This investigation into a conspiracy to traffic large quantities of methamphetamine reportedly ended on December 18, 2018, when four co-conspirators were arrested in possession of approximately 25 pounds of methamphetamine during an undercover operation.

Authorities say the conspirators sold (or attempted to sell) a total of approximately 13 kilograms of methamphetamine to an undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Conspirators also sold eight firearms to the undercover agent, including several that had been reported as stolen.

Soto-Contreras is the third defendant to plead guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy, which lasted from May - December 2018.

Under federal statutes, Soto-Contreras is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole.