A 36-year old woman from Kansas City, MO  was sentenced in federal court this week for her role in leading a large methamphetamine conspiracy.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that 36-year old Yadieras Y. Contreras, also known as “Fajita,” 36, was sentenced to 13 years and nine months in federal prison without parole.

Contreras was the third defendant in the case to be sentenced in January. Co-defendant, 47-year old David F. Bushdiecker, was sentenced on Jan. 24, to 20 years and five months in federal prison without parole. Co-defendant, 56-year old Benjamin H. McDaniel, also known as “Cowboy,” was sentenced on Jan. 4, to 14 years in federal prison.. Additionally, nine other co-defendants have been sentenced and three more have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

On February 9, 2018, Contreras reportedly pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She admitted to selling more than 40 kilograms of methamphetamine to McDaniel from 2014 to April 2015. McDaniel then distributed methamphetamine to others.

Contreras also admitted that she sold meth to co-defendant, 50-year old Troy C. Hudson, Belton, MO. Officials say Hudson delivered drugs to Contreras and collected the proceeds of drug trafficking. Hudson also transported a large amount of cash (the proceeds of drug trafficking) to Arizona. He was sentenced on Nov. 16, 2018, to eight years and two months in federal prison without parole.

Contreras also received methamphetamine from 37-year old Roberto W. Duran, also known as “Muchacho,” a citizen of El Salvador who resided in Phoenix, Ariz. He delivered approximately 10 pounds of meth at a time to Contreras’s residence or to a garage behind a pizza restaurant in Raytown, MO.

The drug was hidden in various vehicles and removed once it arrived. Contreras reportedly paid the drivers for the meth they had previously delivered, and those proceeds were then transported back to Arizona. Duran was sentenced on June 28, 2018, to 14 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

Contreras was allowed to use the Raytown garage by the garage’s renter, co-defendant 41-year old Aaron R. Plowman, of Eldon, MO. A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office indicates that on four occasions, Plowman permitted Contreras to use the garage to receive methamphetamine shipments from her Arizona supplier. In exchange for the use of the garage space, Contreras fronted about one pound of meth to Plowman on each occasion. Plowman was sentenced on July 30, 2018, to 10 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

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