Reno, Nevada - A Reno resident was sentenced to eight years and two months in federal prison for transporting 10 pounds of methamphetamine from California for sale in Nevada, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.
Leon DeJesus Munera, aka Looney, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, on April 24, 2018, co-defendant Jose Mora asked Munera to drive to Orange County, California, to pick up a load of methamphetamine for him. Munera and co-defendant Kelsea Riley drove to California to pick up the drugs. Upon arrival in California, Munera picked up six large bundles of methamphetamine, weighing ten pounds, in the parking lot of a restaurant near an amusement park. On their return drive to Reno, Munera and Riley were stopped by police and the methamphetamine was recovered. In addition to drug trafficking, Munera assisted Mora with transporting firearms to co-defendant Alberto Acosta.
These charges stem from an investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force with assistance from federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, including the Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys James E. Keller and Andolyn Johnson prosecuted the case.
Munera and 16 co-defendants were charged for their alleged roles in the drug conspiracy. All 16 defendants have pleaded guilty. Two have been sentenced, and the remainder await sentencing.