Three Wichita men are facing federal drug charges for conspiring to sell a pound of meth to an undercover investigator for $20,000 last week, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.
Patrick C. Hains, 38; Wyatt Leedy, 35; and Jose Ramon Monelongo-Castrejon, 28; were charged with one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine stemming from the Jan. 14 drug deal. Hains was arrested at Pelican Point Apartments, 2150 N. Meridian, as he tried to complete the sale, Grissom said.
Leedy was also arrested at the apartment complex on Jan. 14, Sedgwick County Jail booking records show. Authorities apprehended Montelongo-Castrejon the following day in the 1100 block of North West Street, near Zoo Boulevard.
The men face at least five years in federal prison and up to a $5 million fine, if convicted, Grissom said.. Hains also faces a mandatory penalty of five years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines on four firearms possession charges connected to the case.
In other indictments, Grissom said:
• Guillermo Fernandez-Vera, 38, of Mexico, was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Court documents allege authorities found 15 pounds of meth hidden inside the seats of Fernandez-Vera’s truck when he was stopped near a Merriam hotel on Dec. 26 after the Drug Enforcement Agency received a tip. He faces 10 years to life in a federal prison plus up to $10 million in fines, if convicted.
• Faustino Soto, 41, is charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances, all occurring on Jan. 13. Soto could spend 35 or more years in federal prison and pay up to $1.5 million in fines, if convicted and given the maximum sentences on the charges.
• Kansas City, Kan., residents Lioncio Borjas-Madrid, 25, and Luis Borjas-Madrid, 20, were charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person who is unlawfully in the United States and one count of unlawfully re-entering the U.S. after deportation. Lioncio Borjas-Madrid also faces one count of possession of meth with intent to distribute. The crimes carry penalties ranging from two to 20 years in federal prison and maximum fines of $250,000 to $1 million.