Two New Mexico women were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury after more than eight pounds of methamphetamine were found last week in the trunk of their car on U.S. 54 west of Goddard.
Annabell Romero, 37, and Pamela Y. Meier, 43, both of Tucumcari, N.M., were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute meth and one count of traveling in interstate commerce to further drug trafficking, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
They were driving east in the 21000 block of west U.S. 54 on Friday when they were stopped by a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy. Bundles of meth were found inside four paper sacks that were hidden in the lining of the truck, the release said.
The women were being paid to transport the drugs from Phoenix to Wichita, the release said.
In other indictments handed down Tuesday:
• Luis Felipe Cortez-Parra, 23, Wichita, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 4 1/2 pounds of meth on Oct. 10 in Sedgwick County.
• John William Kerbow, 45, Wichita, was charged with six counts of aggravated identity theft and six counts of attempted bank fraud. He used counterfeit driver’s licenses and phony checks to attempt to defraud Newton’s Commerce Bank and three banks in Wichita – Intrust, Commerce and Conway, according to the indictment.