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WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita woman is jailed, facing a federal charge of heroin trafficking.
Today, 28-year-old Elease R. Childers was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred Tuesday at a home in the 3900 block of West 17th Street North.
The affidavit alleges that on March 11, Wichita police officers executed a warrant at the home where they arrested Childers and seized a package containing eight ounces of black tar heroin.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Childers had just received the package, which was sent from Los Angeles and delivered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Postal inspectors had detected the heroin when the package was inspected at the postal processing center in southwest Wichita.
If convicted, Childers faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $5 million.
Childers was recently sentenced in an unrelated Sedgwick County District Court case. On July 5, a car hit a horse being ridden by a man and child. Lloyd "Sonny" Ferguson, 49, was killed and a 6-year-old boy was seriously injured.
Last November, Childers was arrested and charged with misdemeanor interference with law enforcement in connection to that case. She pleaded guilty on January 30 and received one year of probation.