Indictment: Three tried To Sell $18,000 Worth of Methamphetamine To Undercover Officer In Wichita
TOPEKA, KAN. – Three Wichita residents have been indicted on federal charges of trying to sell $18,000 worth of methamphetamine to an undercover officer, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Jesus Ibarra-Diaz, 40, Ana Valeriano-Trejo, 20, and Ricardo Estrada, 30, all of Wichita, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The defendants initially were charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita Jan. 9. The complaint alleged that on Jan. 8 an officer of the Wichita Police Department working undercover arranged to buy one pound of methamphetamine for $18,000 from Valeriano-Trejo and her boyfriend, Ibarra-Diaz. They agreed to meet near the JC Penny’s store at Towne West Mall, 4700 W. Kellogg in Wichita.
Ibarra-Diaz arrived driving a Chevy Malibu with Valeriano-Trejo in the front passenger seat. They told the officer the drugs would be arriving soon in another vehicle. Estrada arrived driving a Ford Explorer and Ibarra-Diaz told the officer to get the drugs from him.
Before the officer could leave the Malibu, Estrada looked at him and told the others that he was a police officer. The officer had not immediately recognized Estrada but Estrada had recognized him from when the officer had questioned Estrada in an earlier case. Ibarra-Diaz and Valeriano-Trejo attempted to flee, but were apprehended by other officers. The undercover officer arrested Estrada.
Investigators found a pound of methamphetamine in the Ford Explorer. They found another pound of methamphetamine at 742 W. 46th North in Wichita, where Ibarra-Diaz and Valeriano-Trejo were living.
If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.
Charles L. Whetstone, 58, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of Cair Parvel School, 635 S.W. Clay in Topeka; one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine; one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user controlled substances. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 1 in Topeka, Kan.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 80 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the charge of possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school; a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and a penalty of not less than 5 years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the firearms charges. The Topeka Police Department’s Narcotics Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.
Chad D. Linder, 21, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of passing 28 counterfeit $100 bills; one count of passing 36 counterfeit $50 bills and seven counterfeit $100 bills; and one count of passing 12 counterfeit $20 bills, 20 counterfeit $50 bills and four counterfeit $100 bills. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 6, 7 and 9 of this year in Shawnee County, Kan.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.
Jose Medina-Molina, 44, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Jan. 7 in Sedgwick County, Kan.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison without parole 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.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.