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.
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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.