Crime & Courts

Arizona man pleads guilty to driving 5 pounds of meth to Wichita

A Phoenix man pleaded guilty Monday to driving 5 pounds of methamphetamine to Kansas.

Mark McFarland, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

According to court records, McFarland thought the texts he was receiving while planning to travel with the drugs were coming from a former girlfriend. But they were from a Wichita police officer.

McFarland’s girlfriend had been previously arrested in another case, and an officer had seized her phone, the release said.

Two days after the woman was arrested, McFarland sent a text to the girlfriend’s phone saying “Hi.” The officer responded with “Hi.” The following texts involved McFarland arranging to drive to Wichita to visit the girlfriend and deliver 5 pounds of methamphetamine, the release said.

He was arrested when he arrived in Wichita with the drugs.

McFarland’s sentencing is scheduled for July 7. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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