Drug Enforcement Administration

New Orleans

Brad L. Byerley, Special Agent in Charge

February 17, 2017

Contact: SA Debbie Webber

Phone Number: (571) 362-4803

7 Years For Multi-Kilo Meth Trafficker

Methamphetamine Was Destined for Rogers, Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Metin Metlu Sado, age 48, of Encinitas, California, was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $9,900.00 fine on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, announced DEA Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Barden and Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

According to court records, on March 11, 2016, DEA and the Kansas City Interdiction Task Force discovered approximately 80.5 pounds of methamphetamine that was destined for Rogers, Arkansas at the Greyhound Bus Lines in Kansas City, Missouri. The investigation revealed that the methamphetamine belonged to Bryanna Almanza, a co-defendant in this case. On the same day, officers and agents maintained surveillance on Almanza as she was picked up by Sado and driven to a hotel in Rogers.  When the two arrived in the hotel parking lot, they were arrested.  Upon a search of Sado’s vehicle, officers found the methamphetamine in the back seat. 

Both Sado and Almanza were named in a federal indictment in March, 2016. Sado pleaded guilty in October, 2016.  Almanza pleaded guilty in June, 2016. She was sentenced in November, 2016 to 38 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. 

“Methamphetamine brings turmoil into the lives of those who are addicted to or live around it,” stated Matthew Barden, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of DEA’s Little Rock District Office.  “The sentence imposed in this case should be a warning to anyone thinking of polluting our communities with this addictive substance. DEA, along with our law enforcement partners are committed to investigating the smuggling and distribution of methamphetamine and other illegal and dangerous narcotics.”

This case was investigated by the DEA of Fayetteville and Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department and Rogers Police Department. 

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov. 

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