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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, January 8, 2012

Indictment: Mexican Citizen Was Facing Deportation Before Arrest With 10 Pounds Of Meth

WICHITA, KAN. – A Mexican citizen who was facing deportation proceedings has been indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Jose De Jesus Del-Rio Montoya, 27, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of firearms and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition.

He initially was charged Dec. 28 in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita. According to court documents, he was arrested Dec. 15 when agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wichita Police Department stopped his car. In the vehicle they found about 4.8 kilograms (more than 10 pounds) of methamphetamine. At his home, they found two handguns. Foreign nationals are not permitted to possess firearms in the United States except under very limited circumstances.

Fingerprint checks indicated that Del Rio-Montoya was a Mexican national who currently was in removal proceedings. He had been released on an immigration bond.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million on the drug charge, and a maximum penalty of up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the firearms counts. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Roberto Lunas-Mendosa, 34, a citizen of Nicaragua, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Nov. 16, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Emilio Armendariz-Rodriguez, 64, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported, one count of immigration document fraud and one count of identity theft. He was found Dec. 19 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the re-entry count, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the document fraud count and a mandatory two years to run consecutively to any underlying sentence and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft count. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Julius T. Williams, 33, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and five counts of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 19 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

Jeremy L. Smith, 41, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of producing a false Kansas driver’s license, one count of possessing a false identification document and one count of forging a signature on a Treasury check. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in October 2012 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attonney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Eric L. Walton, 51, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 3, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.