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

05/15/2014 10:19 AM

05/15/2014 10:20 AM

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.

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