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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Indictment: Honduran Citizen Attacked Immigration Officers

WICHITA, KAN. – A citizen of Honduras was indicted today on charges of unlawfully re-entering the United States and attacking immigration officers when they took him into custody in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Gerson Ayala-Alfaro, 27, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported and two counts of assaulting and injuring employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 17, 2020, in Sumner County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the re-entry charge and up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the assault counts. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Kyle Ellery, 19, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct, and one count of traveling across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor.

The indictment alleges that on Jan. 10, 2020, Ellery traveled from Kansas to Missouri for the purpose of engaging in sex with a 14-year-old victim. Then, on Jan. 11, 2020, he transported the 14-year-old victim from Missouri to Kansas for the purpose of engaging in sex.

 

If convicted, he could face not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the transportation charge, and up to 30 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the traveling charge. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

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          Five men in Kansas are charged in a superseding indictment with trafficking methamphetamine.

          The defendants include:

          Alvaro Dieguez Jr., 29, Wichita, Kan., possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (count 2).

          Keith A. Goodman, 47, Arkansas City, Kan., possession of methamphetamine (count 3).

          Felipe D. Luna, 26, Wichita, Kan., possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (counts 1 and 6), distribution of methamphetamine (count 5), unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances (count 7), unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking (count 8), using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking (count 9).

          Jeremy J. Snyder, 38, Dighton, Kan., possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (count 4).

          Obed A. Paz-Moreno, 23, Garden City, Kan., possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (count 4).

          Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

          Counts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.

          Count 3: Up to a year in prison and a fine of not less than $1,000.

          Count 7: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

          Counts 8 and 9: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.

          The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.

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Marco A. Claros-Guzman, 36, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Dec. 5, 2019, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he could face not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $5 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

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Vontrel Vaughn, 25, Wichita, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 21, 2019, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger 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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Updated February 26, 2020