A man from North Carolina and two associates from Texas were charged Tuesday in federal court with coming to Wichita to sell more than $72,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Jorge Castro-Cisneros, 29, of Hickory, N.C.; Fabrizio Tovar-Rodriguez, 26, of Houston; and Daniel Santiago-Bermudez, 37, of Houston, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.
The men initially were charged in a criminal complaint filed Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint alleged that in October, Castro-Cisneros talked to a Wichita police detective working undercover about coming to Wichita to sell methamphetamine. Castro-Cisneros sent the detective a text indicating the methamphetamine would cost $24,000 a pound.
Castro-Cisneros arrived in Wichita on Jan. 15 and the undercover detective picked him up at the Greyhound bus depot. Castro-Cisneros told the detective that the drugs would be arriving soon from Houston.
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On Jan. 16, a Chevy pickup with a Texas tag met Castro-Cisneros and the undercover detective at the Motel 6 at 5736 W. Kellogg. The detective told the driver of the pickup to follow him. When police stopped the pickup near Central and Ridge Road, they found a package hidden in the engine compartment containing more than three pounds of methamphetamine.
If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $5 million.
In other indictments Tuesday:
• Jeremy L. Smith, 41, and Brandee L. Rimer, 31, both of Wichita, are charged with one count of possession of stolen mail, two counts of producing a false identity document, two counts of using an unauthorized credit card and three counts of aggravated identity theft.
In addition, Smith is charged with one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of forging an endorsement on a savings bond and one count of possession of a false identification document with intent to commit fraud.
• Julius T. Williams, 33, Wichita, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and six counts of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 19 in Sedgwick County.