Three men indicted after drugs seized from plane in Liberal

Three California men have been indicted on a drug trafficking charge after authorities seized a plane carrying more than 125 pounds of cocaine in Liberal last week.

A federal indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita charged 30-year-old Eric Wayne McPeters, 40-year-old Dean Bryan Moya and 31-year-old Richard Allen Vickery of Hemet, Calif., with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday identified a suspicious aircraft that had landed in Liberal. Liberal police were contacted and they requested assistance from the Southwest Kansas Drug Taskforce and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

A drug-sniffing dog was brought from the Beaver County (Okla.) Sheriff's Office and it hit on the 1964 Cessna 210D twice, according to a court document. A search warrant was obtained, and investigators found two suitcases containing a total of 50 individually wrapped bricks of cocaine.

Moya and Vickery were arrested at the Liberal Inn, but McPeters has not yet been taken into custody.