Indictment: Texas Woman Arrested in Kansas With More than 4 Pounds of Cocaine
WICHITA, KAN. – A Texas woman who was arrested on a highway in Meade County, Kan., was indicted today on drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Dora Elizabeth Arteaga, 42, Houston, Texas, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped Arteaga April 14, 2019, near Plains, Kan. The indictment alleges officers found approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine in a bag behind the driver’s seat.
If convicted, Arteaga will face a penalty of no less than five years and no more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $5 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.
Edison Javier Olivera de la Cruz, 23, Emporia, Kan., is charged with one count of misusing a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges he applied for a Kansas driver’s license using a stolen Social Security number. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Feb. 15, 2017, in Lyons County, 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) on the identity theft charge. The Kansas Department of Revenue investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.
Nyron J. Bowen, 29, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of bank fraud. The indictment alleges he deposited counterfeit checks at Emprise Bank and withdrew funds. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2016 in Wichita, Kan.
If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. The FBI 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.