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.