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Two Monettans sentenced for Barry County meth conspiracy

Monday, October 18, 2010

Two Monett men and an Arkansas man have been sentenced in Federal District Court for their participation in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in Barry County.

Ricardo "Rico" Grimaldo, 39, and Joe L. Lizcano, 44, both of Monett were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple in Springfield on Thursday.

Grimaldo was sentenced to five years and six months in federal prison without parole. Lizcano was sentenced to three years and three months in federal prison without parole. Both pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Barry County and elsewhere from April to October 2009.

Also sentenced was Igancio "Nacho" Servin-Chavez, 33, of Lowell, Ark., who received 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole after also pleading guilty to the conspiracy. Servin-Chavez was ordered to forfeit to the government a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck, which was used to facilitate the conspiracy, and $1,099 that was seized by law enforcement as the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking.

According to guilty pleas by the defendants, Servin-Chavez supplied Grimaldo with methamphetamine for distribution two or three times a week. Servin-Chavez and Grimaldo typically met at locations in Springdale, Ark., or Seligman to deliver shipments of methamphetamine. Grimaldo distributed the methamphetamine to others in southwest Missouri, including Lizcano. Lizcano then distributed the methamphetamine to others. Lizcano also kept records for people who owed Grimaldo money for methamphetamine.

Another co-defendant, Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez-Rodriguez, 27, of Lowell, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and awaits sentencing.

In total, the conspiracy involved between 1.5 and five kilograms of methamphetamine, federal prosecutors said.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Rush. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, the Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Benton County, Ark., Sheriff's Department.

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