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Drug Courier Sentenced to Prison After 111 MPH Chase with Highway Patrol

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

TOPEKA, KAN. – A drug courier who was clocked at 111 miles per hour while trying to outrun the Kansas Highway Patrol was sentenced Monday to 47 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Miguel Torres, 22, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, Torres admitted that on March 14, 2015, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop his BMW as he was driving westbound on Interstate 70 in Geary County. During the chase, the trooper measured Torres’ speed as high as 111 miles per hour. After Torres stopped, the trooper found approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine in the truck of the car. Investigators learned that Torres was paid $6,000 to drive the drugs from Riverside Calif., to the Kansas City area.

Grissom commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard for their work on the case.

Updated November 16, 2015

Drug Trafficking