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Bakery Owner In Kansas City, Kan., Indicted
On Drug, Immigration Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 30, 2012

TOPEKA, KAN. – The owner of a bakery in Kansas City, Kan., has been indicted on drug and immigration charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Luis Anselmo Ortega-Flores, 30, who is not a citizen of the United States, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of carrying a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and one count of harboring illegal aliens. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in Kansas City, Kan. Co-defendant Victor Hugo Flores-Sanchez, 41, who is not a citizen of the United States, was charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported.

The indictment alleges Ortega-Flores, who was the owner and operator of Panaderia La Guadalupana at 941 Central in Kansas City, Kan., employed three undocumented aliens who he paid in cash without withholding state income taxes, federal income taxes or Social Security payments.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Harboring an illegal alien: A maximum penalty of two years and a fine up to $250,000.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS


Paul Stewart Wade, 23, Lawrence, Kan., is charged with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on May 24, 2012, he robbed the US Bank, 1064 S.W. Wanamaker Road, in Topeka, Kan.

He initially was charged by a criminal complaint filed May 25 in U.S. District Court in Topeka.

The Topeka Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

Jared David Aguilar-Castro, 30, Phoenix, Ariz., is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred May 8, 2012, in Lincoln County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

Isabel Plasencio, III, 19, who is in custody in the Shawnee County Jail, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 8, 2012, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Warner and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag are prosecuting.

Gregory R. Robertson, 27, Salina, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 14, 2012, in Saline County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Warner and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag are 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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