An Adrian man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal court without parole for drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm, including an incident involving a high-speed chase in Eastern Jackson County.
Jesus Arredondo, 24, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City. He had pleaded guilty in March to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of possessing meth with intent to distribute and one count of felony firearm possession.
According to court documents, on Oct. 14, 2015, Arredondo was driving a stolen vehicle and refused to stop for Jackson County Sheriff's deputies after an attempted stop near the intersection of Beach and Colbern roads in northern Lee's Summit. The ensuing chase reached speeds up to 100 mph, and Arredondo ran multiple red lights and stop signs and drove in the wrong lane multiple times.
He eventually traveled off the roadway and crashed near Grain Valley and tried to run away before deputies captured him in a field. Inside Arredondo's vehicle, deputies found 81 grams of meth, marijuana, a number of hydrocodone and other pills and a glass pipe.
Arredondo told officers he and his female passenger had been driving to multiple locations to sell meth, and she had fallen asleep after taking multiple Xanax pills. He also said he had thrown a handgun with laser sights from his vehicle during the chase. Arredondo said he had coordinated many narcotics transactions, some while using connections from Mexico. Two days earlier, he said, he had orchestrated a deal for three kilograms of meth for $35,000.
A week after that incident, a Grain Valley business owner near the location of Arredondo's crash told law enforcement he had found a black nylon backpack on his property. Inside were a baggie of more than 300 grams of meth – which Arredondo said was part of the 3-kilo shipment smuggled from Mexico – a digital scale and a cell phone.
Several days later, Harrisonville police officers responded to a call about a careless driver and learned Arredondo had fled on foot. They later found him, searched his vehicle and found drugs, paraphernalia, 9mm ammunition and more than $2,500.
On Nov. 2, 2015, Harrisonville officers responded to a call of suspicious behavior at Burger King and found Arredondo in a vehicle in the drive-thru, with an unidentified female driver. Officers searched the vehicle and found 23 grams of meth, 81 syringes, a glass pipe and a loaded firearm, as well as a safe that contained 71 grams of meth and a single 9mm bullet.
Arredondo has a prior felony conviction for assault for beating his girlfriend, making it illegal under federal law for him to possess a firearm or ammunition.
Grain Valley and Harrisonville police, the Sheriff's Office, the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.