Wyoming Federal Judge Sentences Four Men For Drug, Counterfeiting Crimes
A Wyoming federal judge recently sentenced four men, two who were involved in the same case, for drug and counterfeiting crimes, according to a news release from the Wyoming U.S. Attorney General's Office.
U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson sentenced two men for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams (about 18 ounces) of cocaine.
Andrew Jack Kaplan, 31, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., received two years, seven months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of probation. He was was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $250 in restitution.
Deondre Davis, 23, of Cheyenne was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of probation for the cocaine conspiracy and for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Johnson also ordered Davis to pay a $200 fine and $800 in restitution.
This case began in February 2017 with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and later involved the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, and the U.S, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In May, undercover agents met with Davis and Kaplan in Colorado and bought about six ounces of cocaine for $5,000 from them. Later that month, they bought six ounces for $5,000 from Davis in Wyoming. In July, they negotiated a $26,000 purchase of 18 ounces of cocaine from Davis in Cheyenne. Agents arrested Davis, Kaplan and another defendant Klara Castillo.
The case against Castillo remains pending.
In other cases, Johnson sentenced Francisco Gueraa Felix, 38 of Blythe, Calif., for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Felix was arrested in California. He received 10 years, one month imprisonment, to be followed by five years of probation.
This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Johnson also sentenced Barton Vear McFarland of Kaysville, Utah, for counterfeiting money. McFarland was arrested in Cheyenne. He received two years, nine months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of probation. Johnson also ordered him to pay a $100 fine and $50 in restitution.
This case was investigated by the Green River Police Department, the Sublette County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Secret Service.