The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wichita announced several indictments Wednesday, including two drug charges that originated in northwest Kansas.
Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro, 46, Los Angeles, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the press release from U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.
The Kansas Highway Patrol stopped Alvarez-Buenrostro for a traffic violation on Interstate 70 near Hays. Troopers found 33 heat-sealed bags of meth hidden in a rear quarter panel and both rear doors of her Ford Explorer.
If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.
Jose Luis Rios-Hernandez, 24, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 27 in Thomas County.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $5 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Furst is prosecuting.