KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A Mexican citizen was tried in federal court today for his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 2,600 kilograms of cocaine in the greater Kansas City area.
Jesus Salvador Campoy-Estrada, also known as “Chava” and “Chavita,” 27, of Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison without parole by US District Judge Beth Phillips. The court also ordered Campoy-Estrada to withhold $ 12,150,000 from the government, which is the proceeds from illicit drug trafficking.
On December 19, 2019, Campoy-Estrada pleaded guilty to one conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one money laundering case. He is the final defendant of 13 defendants convicted in this case.
When Campoy-Estrada was arrested, law enforcement officers searched his home and found $ 111,995, which he admitted to be illicit drug proceeds, marijuana, a drug book and a loaded 9mm XD semi-automatic pistol.
Campoy-Estrada was a key organizer of a drug trafficking organization that distributed significant amounts of cocaine from Mexico in the greater Kansas City area from October 2013 to November 15, 2018. Campoy-Estrada admitted that he was personally responsible for the distribution of. responsible was well over 450 kilograms of cocaine during his involvement in the larger conspiracy. Once a week he handed out about 10 to 20 kilograms of cocaine.
Campoy-Estrada received significant sums of money from his involvement in the drug trafficking conspiracy, which he converted into other forms of property, such as real estate, to cover up the illegal nature of the drug proceeds.
Campoy-Estrada received cocaine from the head of the conspiracy, co-defendant Jose Luis Armendariz-Rascon, also known as “Uncle” or “Rambo,” 41, of Kansas City, Kansas. Campoy-Estrada then sold cocaine to other cocaine traffickers, including co-defendant Howard Christopher Walters, also known as “Chris,” 44, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Investigators overheard several phone calls in which Campoy-Estrada and Walters discussed the sale of several kilograms of cocaine to Walters. Law enforcement agencies have also intercepted many other wired and electronic communications between Campoy-Estrada and people to whom he sold cocaine in the course of the conspiracy.
Armendariz-Rascon was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole on May 21, 2021. Walters was sentenced to 25 years un parole on April 21, 2021 after pleading guilty to his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy. The court also ordered Armendariz-Rascon to withhold more than $ 56 million from the government, which is the proceeds from the illicit drug trafficking.
Armendariz-Rascon was responsible for coordinating the shipment of loads of cocaine from the El Paso, Texas area to the Kansas City metropolitan area for distribution. Armendariz-Rascon would then coordinate the collection of cash that was sent back to El Paso as payment for the cocaine.
Otilio Zaragoza-Navarrette, 65, of El Paso, supplied cocaine to Jose Armendariz-Rascon and to Campoy-Estrada and Miguel Armendariz-Rascon, 33, a Mexican citizen residing in Olathe, Can. Zaragoza-Navarrette and Miguel Armendariz-Rascon plead guilty and have been convicted.
Zaragoza Navarette also transported illicit drug proceeds from the drug trafficking organization back to Texas and / or Mexico. Zaragoza-Navarrette hid the cocaine and / or cash proceeds in five-gallon gasoline cans and antifreeze jugs on its commercial articulated truck. In one case, police officers seized nearly $ 500,000 from Zaragoza Navarrette, who were transferring proceeds from illicit drugs in an operation staged by Armendariz-Rascon.
This case was followed up by US assistant attorneys Trey Alford and Robert Smith. It has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation, and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Police Department.
Task Forces to Combat Organized Crime
These efforts are part of an operation by the Organized Drug Control Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations threatening the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence, and inter-agency approach. For more information on the OCDETF program, please visit https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.