Purdy Man, Guadalupe Urbina-Rodriguez, Sentenced to 15 Years for Drug Trafficking, Illegal Firearm

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – A Purdy, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for possessing methamphetamine to distribute and illegally possessing a firearm.

Guadalupe Urbina-Rodriguez, 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

Urbina-Rodriguez was found guilty at trial on March 26, 2019, of possessing methamphetamine to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A federal postal inspector seized a package on Aug. 31, 2018, that was addressed to Urbina-Rodriguez’s address.  The package, which contained 430.8 grams of pure methamphetamine, was purportedly mailed from a nonexistent address in California.  The postal inspector delivered the package to Urbina-Rodriguez, who was sitting in a chair under a tree in the front yard.  Urbina-Rodriguez had a loaded Marlin .22-caliber rifle sitting beside him.  Law enforcements officers then executed a search warrant of the residence and seized the package.

According to court documents, Urbina-Rodriguez was involved in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from California to various places across the country, including Missouri.  Twelve additional packages originating in California were delivered to Urbina-Rodriguez’s residence in 2018.  When the packages arrived, two women retrieved them from Urbina-Rodriguez.  He received a cash payment each month in exchange for accepting packages.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.  Urbina-Rodriguez has four prior felony convictions related to drug trafficking or possessing a controlled substance and a prior felony conviction for maintaining a public nuisance.

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