A federal judge sentenced a Kansas City, KS, man to 10 years in prison for setting up a 546-pound marijuana deal.
Victor Castillo-Najer, 37, was convicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Prosecutors said the investigation began in March 2011 when police in El Paso, TX, and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration seized 546 pounds of marijuana that was bound for the Kansas City area.
Investigators set up a controlled delivery where agents would be present when the marijuana was delivered to its destination.
Undercover agents spoke by telephone to Castillo-Najer, who was using the alias "Kiko."
Prosecutors said Castillo-Najer gave them directions for where and when to deliver the marijuana. Authorities said he used code when he spoke to the agents, referring to the marijuana as "horses" and asking them how big a corral he would need when the "horses" were delivered.
He then directed the undercover agents to bring the marijuana to the parking lot of a Roeland Park Lowe's home improvement store.
Castillo-Najer and several people were arrested on March 24, 2011, after they received the shipment of marijuana.
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