Robert Joseph Reno, 49, of Mexico, Mo., was sentenced Wednesday, July 3 by United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry of the Eastern Missouri US District Court to 300 months (25 years) in federal prison for participating in a Conspiracy to knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance; distribution of methamphetamine; possession with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.
Reno was arrested as part of a long-term Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Investigation. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri State Highway Patrol, East Central Drug Task Force, and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Dowd III and Michael Riley.
The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
As part of the investigation, officers executed search warrants on December 10, 2015 at multiple locations in Audrain County, Missouri, associated to Reno and Druger. Those searches were conducted in the 1300 block of Ringo St., 500 block of Western St., and 100 block of South Olive St., in Mexico, Mo.; as well as a residence in the 14000 block of Audrain Road 9821. During the searches, a significant amount of methamphetamine, firearms, U.S. currency, and paraphernalia used in the trafficking of controlled substances was seized.
Others previously sentenced as a result of this investigation include Douglas Lee Druger, 39, of Mexico; Brandon Tremain Hammers, 34, of Mexico; Jennifer Moore, 49, of Auxvasse; and Joshua G. Evans, 39, of Quincy, Ill.
This investigation demonstrates our commitment to dismantle drug trafficking organizations which, through their illicit business, are affecting the quality of life of the law-abiding citizens in our community.