15 Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges In Topeka

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
Federal prosecutors allege the defendants were part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Topeka area.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Fifteen people, arrested in a sweep on July 2, have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

The U.S. Attorney's office says that an indictment unsealed Monday alleges that the defendants were part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Topeka area.

The defendants are identified as:

Francisco J. Granado, Sr., 44, Emporia, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and four counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Arturo Favela-Gomez, 36, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, four counts of distributing methamphetamine and 16 counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Ismael Murillo-Nunez, 50k, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of distributing methamphetamine and 11 counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Saul Salas-Gomez, 29, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and five counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Miguel Adame-Regino, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of distributing methamphetamine and four counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Juan Carlos Flores-Rodriguez, 32, Grand Island, Neb., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and three counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Chela Murillo, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and three counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Gustavo Gonzalez-Valadez, 26, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Jamie (last name unknown), who is charged with one count of conspiracy and four counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Jerman Aldava, 28, Dodge City, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and nine counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Jessica Howard, 30, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and six counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Robert Lovgren, 56, Manhattan, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and three counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Lupita Gomez, 32, Kansas City, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Nancy Gutierrez-Soto, Topeka, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Raul Cortes-Ponce, 52, Kansas City, Kan., who is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and five counts of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

If convicted of conspiracy charges, the defendants could face 10 years up to life in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million dollars.

If they are convicted of Using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking, they could face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.

The DEA and Topeka Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Emporia Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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