A Mexico man was sentenced to 25 years in prison July 3 on multiple drug charges stemming from the seizure of methamphetamine, firearms, cash and drug paraphernalia in a 2015 drug ring investigation.
Robert Joseph Reno, 49, was sentenced for participating in a conspiracy to knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture or substance containing meth, distributing meth and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth or a mixture or substance containing meth.
Reno was one of five suspects involved in the conspiracy. Other participants — Douglas Lee Druger, 39, of Mexico, Brandon Tremain Hammers, 34, of Mexico, Jennifer Moore, 49, of Auxvasse, and Joshua G. Evans, 39, of Quincy, Illinois, already were sentenced.
Reno and the others were arrested Dec. 10, 2015 as part of a long-term organized crime drug enforcement task force investigation. The task force, assigned to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations, was comprised of members from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri State Highway Patrol, East Central Missouri Drug Task Force and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office.
Search warrants were issued in 2015 for properties across Audrain County, including at the 1300 block of Ringo Street, 500 block of Western Street, 100 block of South Olive Street in Mexico, and in the 14000 block of Audrain County Road 9821.
The case against Reno was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Dowd III and Michael Riley. He was sentenced by Eastern Missouri U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.