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Las Vegas Drug Trafficking Case Nets 32nd Conviction

Kevin Thomas Seigler, 36, of Las Vegas Convicted Tuesday

January 31, 2019 - 11:27 am

LAS VEGAS, NV –  The final defendant charged in Operation Leaving Las Vegas, a 32-defendant conspiracy that trafficked methamphetamine and other drugs between Las Vegas and Southwest Virginia, was convicted this week. 

Kevin Thomas Seigler, 36, of Las Vegas was convicted Tuesday of one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and conspiracy to use a communication facility to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense. 

"As a result of Operation Leaving Las Vegas, a massive drug-trafficking organization, which operated in Virginia and Nevada, has been dismantled and nearly three dozen of its members are serving lengthy terms in federal prison," United States Attorney Cullen stated. 

In late 2016, numerous law enforcement agencies, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration, charged 32 individuals with conspiring to commit money laundering and to distribute methamphetamine, oxycodone, and buprenorphine from Las Vegas into Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and elsewhere. 

Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that Seigler was a member of the organization and was responsible for supplying methamphetamine that was shipped to Southwest Virginia. 

In March 2016, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department seized two pounds of methamphetamine that had been sold by Seigler to another conspirator and also recovered $19,669 in U.S. currency from Seigler’s residence.  Seigler was also previously convicted of failing to appear for a trial scheduled in May 2017.

A sentencing hearing has been set for May 6.  Seigler faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of up to life imprisonment. In addition, he faces $10,250,000 in fines.