JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – A man in Kansas City, Missouri, has been convicted by a federal jury of possession of dispensing methamphetamine.
Anthony Martinez Harris, 48, was convicted on Wednesday, September 29, of one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.
On September 26, 2019, employees of the Sleep Inn on Highway 54 called police in Camdenton, Missouri to remove Harris from the property. When agents arrived and contacted Harris, hotel staff used a key card to open the hotel room door because Harris’ key card had been deactivated. When they opened the door, officers saw a large amount of money on the bedroom bed and a line of cocaine on the coffee table.
Harris was questioned by an assistant sheriff from Camden County, Missouri, who arrived to assist the officers. When officers searched the room, they found an oblong object wrapped in camouflage cloth, which Harris identified as a C-4 explosive. Officers immediately contacted the Missouri State Highway Bomb Patrol and began to evacuate the hotel. It was subsequently determined that the substance was not an explosive.
Once the area was deemed safe, officers searched Harris’ hotel room and found a bag in a dresser drawer that contained about 28 grams of methamphetamine, a bag on one of the beds that contained approximately seven grams of cocaine, one Ziploc bag on another bed that contained 18 bags of approximately 37 grams of heroin / opiates, one Dollar General bag on the same bed that contained approximately 224 grams of methamphetamine, one Ziploc bag on the bed which contained small bags of marijuana and a brown leather bag which contained 10 oxycodone hydrochloride pills, nine Ziploc bags each containing approximately one gram of heroin / opiates and one Ziploc bag containing approximately 28 grams of cocaine. Officers also found a 9mm Springfield Armory subcompact handgun and loaded magazine, a 9mm Glock handgun and loaded magazine, a .40 caliber Glock handgun and loaded magazine, additional ammunition, $ 11,259 and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Officers also searched Harris’ vehicle and found a custom made Black Dawn Armory AR-15 style .223 caliber rifle loaded with a 30 round magazine in the trunk. Officers also found a plastic bag containing an assortment of about 500 ecstasy pills and additional ammunition in the vehicle.
After the evidence was presented, the jury at U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri deliberated for about two hours before delivering guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Wednesday, September 29, thus putting end to a trial that had started. Monday September 28.
Under federal law, Harris faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in prison in federal prison without parole. The maximum legal sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for information, as the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the Sentencing Advisory Guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of an investigation into the submission by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being continued by Assistant US Attorney Jim Lynn and Special Assistant US Attorney Heather Richenberger. He has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Camden County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department, Camdenton Police Department, Missouri, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group,