DENVER – The US Legal professional’s Workplace for the District of Colorado pronounces Kenneth Lawrence Baca, age 44, of Pueblo, was sentenced to 190 months in federal jail after pleading responsible to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.
In line with the plea settlement, on October 12, 2021, Pueblo police detectives have been investigating Baca after receiving an nameless tip that the defendant was promoting a considerable amount of narcotics. A detective messaged Baca, in an undercover capability, by way of Fb messenger. Baca agreed to promote heroin and methamphetamines. On October 13, 2021, the dialog continued they usually agreed to fulfill at Baca’s lodge room in Pueblo. Officers set-up surveillance within the car parking zone of the motel and noticed Baca pull into the car parking zone in a truck with no entrance license plate and an expired registration. Officers additionally knew that Baca didn’t have a legitimate driver’s license. Officers carried out a visitors cease. Given his historical past, an officer knowledgeable Baca that he can be patted down for weapons. Baca replied that he had a pistol in his proper pants pocket. Baca was instantly positioned into custody and the firearm was retrieved from his pants. A search of the truck discovered a backpack containing methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, a digital scale, $1,746 in U.S. foreign money, a pocket book that gave the impression to be a drug ledger, and a pockets containing Baca’s identification playing cards. Within the motel room registered to Baca, officers recovered fentanyl, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a suspected drug ledger, and $1,018 in U.S. foreign money. On the time Baca possessed the firearm and ammunition, he was on supervised launch after serving time in jail for a earlier felon in possession conviction.
Choose Regina M. Rodriguez sentenced the defendant on February 1, 2023.
“This defendant repeatedly dedicated crimes with no regard for the regulation. The truth that the defendant was on supervised launch when he dedicated these crimes exemplifies this solemn actuality. This sentence achieves the objectives of deterring such prison conduct, whereas concurrently defending our group from medication and weapons,” stated United States Legal professional Cole Finegan.
“This sentencing highlights the collaboration and teamwork between the FBI and our regulation enforcement companions just like the Pueblo Police Division, whose efforts have been instrumental on this case,” stated FBI Denver Particular Agent in Cost Mark Michalek. “FBI Denver stays dedicated to working intently with the Pueblo Police Division to make sure that harmful criminals are now not menacing the general public. The FBI prioritizes maintaining our communities protected by discovering, investigating, and dismantling prison operations one individual at a time, as we did with this repeat offender peddling unlawful medication.”
The investigation was carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Denver Division and the Pueblo Police Division. Prosecution was dealt with by Assistant United States Legal professional Daniel Warhola and the Transnational Organized Crime and Cash Laundering Part of the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace.
CASE NUMBER: 21-cr-00387