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Topeka, Kansas pizza shop owner indicted for running meth trafficking operation

June 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Topeka, Kansas pizza shop owner indicted for running meth trafficking operation

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On Thursday, U.S Attorney Tom Beall announced an indictment against Adolfo Barragan-Rodriguez, the owner of Pronto Pizza in Topeka, Kansas, for establishing a drug trafficking organization that received meth from California and sold it to buyers through a chain of street dealers.

A 35-count indictment unsealed last week accuses Barragan-Rodriguez of using his restaurant as a cover for the drug organization. He also handled the logistics of purchasing pounds of meth in California and transporting the drugs to Topeka, leaving other conspirators to manage street sales.

Barragan-Rodriguez, who is also known as Big Mike, allegedly used FedEx as a means for his trafficking operation and laundered drug profits through transactions at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Casino, KTEN reported.

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Adolfo Barragan-Rodriguez allegedly ran a meth trafficking operation out of his Topeka pizza shop

After reports of Barragan’s activity at their casino, Prairie Band Director of Marketing Anthony Bertino issued a statement saying they “take money laundering seriously” and “are cooperating with authorities.”

The charges include conspiracy, possessing with intent to distribute meth, interstate transportation in furtherance of drug trafficking, use of a phone in furtherance of trafficking, possession with intent to distribute meth within 1,000 ft. of a school, money laundering, and illegal possession of firearms.

In addition to Barragan-Rodriguez, nine other defendants were named in the indictment.

The investigation was headed by the DEA and the Topeka Police Department with support from the Shawnee County Sherriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the ATF, the FBI, and Homeland Security.

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