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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Federal Drug Charges Filed Against Southeast Kansas Man Who Was Arrested After Boat Chase

WICHITA, KAN. – A southeast Kansas man was indicted Tuesday on federal drug and firearm charges, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

 

Scott Joseph Skibo, 54, Chetopa, Kan., was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The indictment alleges that on Sept. 18, 2017, Skibo possessed fifty or more marijuana plants and a .40 caliber Glock 22 handgun.

 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced in September that agents arrested Skibo for cultivating marijuana on an island in Elmore Park within the city limits of Chetopa, Kan. He attempted to flee law enforcement in a boat before he was arrested.

 

If convicted, Skibo faces not less than five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge, and up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge. The KBI, the Labette County Sheriff’s Department and the Chetopa Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Rodebaugh is prosecuting.

 

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

 

Danny Acosta-Zavala, 32, and Cecilia Ann Rios, 36, are charged with one count of possession of more than 12 pounds of heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 1, 2018, in Thomas County, Kan.

 

If convicted, they face not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Rodebaugh is prosecuting.

 

Manuel Hernandez, 43, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of escaping from custody at the Mirror, Inc., in Wichita.

 

If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

 

 Rodolfo Moreno-Banuelos, 29, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States. He was found Jan. 13, 2018, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

 

Jesus Benito Vergara-Gonzalez, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., is charged with one count of misusing a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 21, 2017, in Kansas City, Kan.

 

If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the Social Security charge and a mandatory two years (consecutive) and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge. The Kansas Department of Revenue investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

 

William Daniel Wycoff, 32, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of ammunition following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 13, 2018, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith 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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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 30, 2018