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Driver Stopped With A Pound Of Heroin Pleads Guilty In Wichita Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. – An Oklahoma man who was stopped with a pound of heroin hidden in the car pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Nestor D. Duenas-Vazquez, 26, Glenpool, Okla., pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. In his plea, he admitted that on June 26, 2014, a Wichita police officer stopped a car in which Duenas-Vazquez was a passenger. In the trunk, officers found a bucket of detergent with a broken seal. Hidden in the detergent they found a package containing 496 grams (more than a pound) of heroin.

Investigators learned that Duenas-Vazquez was on the way back to Oklahoma after traveling to Denver to obtain the heroin.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 5. He faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years. Co-defendant Kyndal Upson is set for sentencing Dec. 8.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs for their work on the case.

Updated December 16, 2014