A West Plains man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Howell, Greene, and Texas counties.
Jose Gonzales was arrested during a 2018 traffic stop when he was found in possession of over 2 and a half ounces of methamphetamine. That led to a search warrant at the home of Shirley Hicks and Luis Rodriguez in West Plains, where more than 5 kilo’s of methamphetamine and a large amount of cash was seized. Today, 39-year-old Jose I. Gonzales was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Hicks and Rodriguez have both pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Gonzales is the fourth defendant sentenced in this case. 59-year-old Benny D. Griffin of West Plains was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. 27-year-old Jordan W. Gutierrez of West Plains was sentenced to 12 years and six months in federal prison without parole, and 40-year-old Fontella J. Noose of Springfield, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Co-defendants 43-year-old Shaun M. Ross, and 65-year-old Raymon F. Ortega, both of West Plains, and 54-year-old James Cooper, of Mountain View, also have pleaded guilty and await sentencing