September 03, 2020
Contact: Andree Swanson
Phone Number: (571) 362-5149
Kansas City, Kansas, defendants sentenced to 20 years in meth lab fire
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Two defendants who were arrested after their meth lab caught fire were sentenced today to federal prison.
Orlando Cortez-Nieto, 43, and Jesus Cervantes-Aguiler, 23, both of Kansas City, Kan., were sentenced to 20 years each.
During a jury trial in July 2019, the defendants were convicted on charges including conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that on Dec. 1, 2017, firefighters responded to a house fire at 2739 Cleveland in Kansas City, Kan. They discovered a methamphetamine conversion lab inside the house. Prosecutors introduced evidence tying the defendants to the drug lab, including a blue spiral notebook in which cash transactions were recorded, as well as business surveillance video showing a defendant buying items found in the meth lab.
The Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, Kansas City District Office, investigated the case.