California man sentenced in Kansas City PCP conspiracy

A California man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in a large PCP distribution ring in the Kansas City area.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 2:29 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A California man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in a large PCP distribution ring in the Kansas City area.

Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Ladronal Hamilton, of Hawthorne, California, was sentenced Thursday. He was found guilty in May of organizing and supplying PCP to several people in Kansas City from January 2011 to March 2015. The drugs were sent by mail from California.

Several of the PCP distributors have been convicted and sentenced in the scheme.

A witness at Hamilton's trial said he used various houses in Kansas City, including his father's house, to receive and re-package the PCP.

Prosecutors sought a life sentence because Hamilton has a long criminal record, including convictions for armed bank robbery and second-degree murder.

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