Salina Barber Sentenced to Federal Prison in Barbershop-Based Drug Ring

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A man who was part of a $4 million drug conspiracy operating out of a barbershop in Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced Tuesday to 52 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

According to a media release, Jason Bell, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, Bell admitted he was part of a drug ring with co-defendant Edwin Pacheco. Pacheco owned Cocoliso’s Barbershop at 1201 Minnesota in Kansas City, Kan., where Bell was employed.

Bell has been a barber for 13 years and had previously lived in Kansas City, Kan. while employed by Pacheco. He is co-owner of Salina’s FineLine Barbershop, 623 E. Crawford.

During the course of a federal investigation, Bell sold thousands of dollars’ worth of methamphetamine to undercover investigators. Bell was arrested when investigators served a search warrant at the barbershop. They found more than 12 pounds of methamphetamine in Pacheco’s Jeep Liberty and seized more than $15,000 from the barbershop’s closet. Investigators calculated that the conspirators sold approximately $4 million worth of illegal drugs.

McAllister commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug for their work on the case.

Updated: December 20, 2018 — 11:29 pm