Log Out | Member Center

85°F

86°/64°

Wichita officer posing as delivery driver sets up fed drug charges, authorities say

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.

An undercover officer posing as a driver delivery drugs resulted in two Wichitans being charged this week with drug trafficking in federal court, authorities said.

Michael Ortega-Alvarez, 45, and Manuel Bencomo-Rodriguez, 47 were charged Wednesday with possession and intent to sell methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

Grissom gave the following account:

After Wichita police stopped Ortega-Alvarez for a traffic violation on May 6, they found about three pounds of meth in his vehicle. When police learned Ortega-Alvarez was on his way to deliver the drugs to a man he didn’t know, an undercover officer took his place.

The undercover officer met a man at a convenience store at 31st Street South and Hillside. Bencomo-Rodriguez was later arrested.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com.

Search for a job

in

Top jobs