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Federal Drug Charges Filed in Salina Case

KSAL Staff - January 14, 2016 10:32 am

A Kansas farmer has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop a new wind farm from operating out of concern for the endangered whooping crane.

A Kansas farmer has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop a new wind farm from operating out of concern for the endangered whooping crane.

Three men who were arrested earlier this month in Saline County have been indicted on federal drug charges.

According to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s Office a grand jury in Topeka returned indictments against:

Adrian Ayala-Garcia, 23, a citizen of Mexico who has been living in Abilene, Kan., one count of possessing approximately 18 pounds of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; one count of unlawful possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Eduardo Ponce-Serrano, 28, Salina, Kan., four counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 18 pounds of methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Francisco Javier Carrillo-Elias, 25, who is not a citizen of the United States and who has been living in Salina, three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 18 pounds of methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted the crimes carry the following penalties:

Possession with intent to distribute 18 pounds of methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million.
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, the Salina Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Hough is prosecuting.

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Arthur Martin Rodriguez, 52, who is in custody in Dickinson County, and Daniel Gutierrez, 29, who is in custody in Dickinson County, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 19, 2015 in Dickinson County.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi is prosecuting.

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