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Indictment: California Man Drove to Kansas
With Four Kilograms of Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Jan. 7, 2013

WICHITA, KAN. - A federal grand jury today returned an indictment against a California man who was arrested in Thomas County, Kan., charging him with possession with intent to distribute four kilograms of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Patrick Yarborough, 35, Lawndale, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The indictment alleges he had traveled from California to Kansas for the purpose of drug trafficking when he was arrested Oct. 11, 2013.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on the possession with intent to distribute charge, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the interstate travel charge. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Costel Neicu, 33, a citizen of Romania, is charged in a superseding indictment with two counts of possessing false passports, two counts of possessing false immigration documents, two counts of producing false immigration documents and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 1, 2012, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the first four counts of possessing false documents, a maximum penalty of 15 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of producing false documents, and a mandatory two years to run consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000 on the aggravated identity theft count. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Marcos Salvatierra-Martinez, 25, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition by an alien illegally in the United States. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 12, 2013, in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Wichita Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Jaime Ollarzabal-Lopez, 28, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States. He was found Dec. 4, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the re-entry charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge. The Wichita Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.


Darrin Kebert, Jr., 28, Cherryvale, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 23, 2013, Montgomery County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on methamphetamine charge, not less than five years consecutive to the sentence on the drug charge and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other firearm charge. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs 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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