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Indictment: Arizona Man Had 34 Pounds
Of Cocaine Hidden In Mercedes SUV

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May 17, 2012

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – An Arizona man has been indicted on charges of concealing 34 pounds of cocaine in hidden compartments in his Mercedes SUV, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today

Kurt L. Feldmann, 54, Sonoita, Ariz., is charged with possession with intent to distribute 34 pounds of cocaine. Feldmann initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed May 1, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Topeka. The complaint alleged that on April 27, 2012, Feldmann was driving a Mercedes GL450 eastbound on I-70 in Wabaunsee County when a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper pulled him over. Investigators found the cocaine in compartments hidden in the floorboard of the car.

If convicted, Feldmann faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Brian Kennedy, 30, Leavenworth, Kan., is charged with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in August 2007 and March 2008 in Leavenworth County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the receipt and distribution charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession charge. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

Antonio Wright, 24, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes is alleged to have occurred March 17, 2012, in Kansas City, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and fine up to $250,000, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

Howard Wayne Taylor, Jr., 33, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred May 4, 2012, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the drug charge and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Delvon D. Robinson, 25, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 7, 2012, in Johnson County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine to $250,000 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

Julio Bochas, 31, an inmate in Leavenworth Penitentiary, is charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of contraband in prison, which was a Samsung cellular phone. The crime is alleged to have occurred Dec. 13, 2011, in Leavenworth, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of one year consecutive to the term he is serving and a fine up to $100,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

Reginald Woods, 37, an inmate in Leavenworth Penitentiary, is charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of contraband in prison, which was a Nokia cellular phone, a 1.75 liter bottle of McCormick Vodka, a box of Black and Mild cigars and a package of Bugler tobacco. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 16, 2012, in Leavenworth, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of one year consecutive to the term he is serving and a fine up to $100,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

Pedro Pablo-Solis, 28, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with one count of misusing a Social Security number on an I-9 Employment Eligibility Form submitted to the National Beef Packing company in Liberal, Kan., one count of possession of false documents, one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2010 and 2012 in Seward County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Misusing a Social Security number: A maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession of false documents: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful re-entry: A maximum penalty of two years and a fine up to $250,000.
Making a false claim of U.S. citizenship: A maximum penalty of three years and a fine up to $250,000.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford is prosecuting.

Jesus Carbajal-Piedras, 52, who is not a citizen of the United States, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found May 2, 2012, in Douglas County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Carla Leon-Torres, 34, who is not a citizen of the United States, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. She was found Nov. 20, 2011, in Leawood, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

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

 

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