Three Wichitans indicted on meth charge

01/16/2013 2:45 PM

08/08/2014 10:14 AM

Three Wichita residents have been indicted in federal court on charges of trying to sell $18,000 worth of methamphetamines, authorities said.

Jesus Ibarra-Diaz, 40, Ana Valeriano-Trejo, 20, and Ricardo Estrada, 30, are each charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a prepared statement.

A Wichita police officer working undercover arranged to buy a pound of meth for $18,000 from Valeriano-Trejo and her boyfriend, Ibarra-Diaz, on Jan. 8, the federal complaint outlining the charges states.

They agreed to meet near the J.C. Penney’s store at Towne West. Ibarra-Diaz arrived driving a Chevy Malibu with Valeriano-Trejo in the front passenger seat, the complaint states.

They told the officer the drugs would be arriving soon in another vehicle. Estrada arrived driving a Ford Explorer and Ibarra-Diaz told the officer to get the drugs from him.

Before the officer could leave the Malibu, Estrada recognized him and told the others that he was a police officer, the complaint states. The officer had had questioned Estrada in an earlier case, but did not immediately recognize him in the mall parking lot. Ibarra-Diaz and Valeriano-Trejo attempted to flee, but were arrested by other officers. Estrada was arrested by the undercover officer.

Investigators found a pound of meth in the Ford Explorer, the complaint states. They found another pound of meth at the residence in which Ibarra-Diaz and Valeriano-Trejo were living.

If convicted, they face a penalty of at least 5 years and no more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million.

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