Topeka (WIBW) - A Texas man who delivered his illegal load of marijuana to waiting deputies has pleaded guilty to drug charges.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 42-year old Lorenzo Hernandez of San Antonio pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess 100 pounds of marijuana.
Prosecutors say Hernandez was arrested April 8, 2006, when he unloaded 100 pounds of marijuana from a van at a house in the Montara area, south of Topeka.
According to court documents, in March 2006, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit obtained information that a Hispanic male from Texas was delivering at least 100 pounds of marijuana every four weeks to drug traffickers in Shawnee County. Deputies secured a vacant house in the Montara area of Shawnee County, wired it with cameras and surveillance equipment, and arranged for a delivery to be made there.
Hernandez faces between 5 and 40 years in prison and a fine up to $2 million when he's sentenced November 30th.
U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch commended the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Hough for their work on the case.