Callaway man facing prison for trafficking drugs

A Callaway County man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in Boone, Callaway and Cooper counties.

Jason Randall Holloway, 33, admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine from 2007 to September 2010.

Holloway also pleaded guilty to three additional counts of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, distributing marijuana and possessing marijuana and cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Holloway admitted that he had been acquiring about 50 pounds of marijuana and one kilogram of cocaine each month for the past two years from his sources in Kansas City, primarily Jaime Cerros-Perez, 31. Also known as Leonel Espinoza Jr. Cerros-Perez was sentenced on Sept. 27, 2012, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to his role in the conspiracy.

According to a plea agreement, Holloway stored bulk amounts of marijuana at another person’s residence in Columbia. Law enforcement officers seized 117 pounds of marijuana from that residence on July 10, 2010.

On July 26, 2010, a cooperating law enforcement source purchased approximately 10 pounds of marijuana from Holloway.

On Sept. 6, 2010, Holloway and others traveled from Columbia to Kansas City, where they picked up Cerros-Perez then traveled to Kansas City, Kan. While under surveillance, Holloway and Cerros-Perez obtained about one kilogram of cocaine.

The group then traveled to an apartment building, where they obtained a suitcase that contained approximately 50 pounds of marijuana. After dropping Cerros-Perez back at his vehicle, they returned to the Boone County area, where they were stopped. Officers then located the cocaine beneath the front passenger seat where Holloway was sitting.

Under federal statutes, Holloway is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole.

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