Mexican pleads guilty in $9 million meth import case

A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to conspiring to bring about $9 million worth of methamphetamine to Kansas City from 2007 to 2012.

Porfirio Almeida-Perez, 35, was “heavily involved” with meth distribution in the Kansas City area. He was to have received a nine-pound meth shipment that Missouri Highway Patrol troopers recovered from a vehicle on Interstate 29 in October 2011, according to court records.

Authorities estimated that Almeida-Perez’s ring distributed almost 600 pounds of meth. He is to be sentenced Feb. 28.

Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com