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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Texas Man Arrested In Thomas County Sentenced On Federal Drug Charge


WICHITA, KAN. - A Texas man was sentenced Wednesday to 75 months in federal prison for drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Felipe Balleza, 49, Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, he admitted the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped him Oct. 28, 2013, in Thomas County, Kan. Investigators found 4.9 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the dash behind the glove compartment of the 2005 Dodge Ram Balleza was driving.

Co-defendant Alberto Vergara-Manzo of Lynwood, Calif.,was sentenced to 108 months.

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

Updated December 16, 2014