The following is from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
A Mexican citizen who was facing deportation proceedings has been indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday.
Jose De Jesus Del-Rio Montoya, 27, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of firearms and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition.
He initially was charged Dec. 28 in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita. According to court documents, he was arrested Dec. 15 when agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wichita Police Department stopped his car. In the vehicle they found about 4.8 kilograms (more than 10 pounds) of methamphetamine. At his home, they found two handguns. Foreign nationals are not permitted to possess firearms in the United States except under very limited circumstances.
Fingerprint checks indicated that Del Rio-Montoya was a Mexican national who currently was in removal proceedings. He had been released on an immigration bond.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million on the drug charge, and a maximum penalty of up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the firearms counts. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.