A Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in a methamphetamine trafficking ring that was based in St. Joseph and covered a four-state area, according to federal prosecutors.
Anselmo Salazar, also known as “Crazy Eyes,” was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court in Kansas City. The 49-year-old had been found guilty in a drug and money laundering conspiracy that distributed more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine from 2009 to 2013.
The case was investigated by the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Salazar was among 24 defendants charged with operating the drug trafficking ring in northwest Missouri, northeast Kansas, southern Iowa and Nebraska.
Salazar, along with co-defendants Carlos A. Yanez, 33, of Lee’s Summit, and Marvin C. Rogers, 54, of Gladstone, were convicted as the primary sources of supply for methamphetamine for the group.
Yanez was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Rogers was sentenced to more than 16 years.