Oklahoma man gets five years in prison for drug trafficking

A 24-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for interstate drug trafficking, authorities said today.

Jesus Ayala of Oklahoma City was found with more than seven pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle after a traffic stop on I-35 in Wichita on Jan. 19. A Wichita police officer assigned to the department’s Special Community Action Team was monitoring traffic northbound on Interstate 35 when he saw a 1993 Lexus change lanes, forcing another driver to swerve to avoid hitting it, authorities said.

The officer stopped the Lexus, which was driven by Ayala. When the officer’s drug sniffing dog, Elza, walked around the Lexus, she signaled the presence of drugs beneath the driver’s door, prosecutors alleged.

After the car was impounded, investigators removed the front bumper to find a hollow frame. Hidden in the frame were 3.2 kilograms of methamphetamine.