Thursday, December 18, 2014

Indictment: 26 Pounds of Methamphetamine Hidden in Driver’s Spare Tire

U.S. Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man was indicted Thursday on a federal charge of transporting approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Armondo Medina Gomez, 29, North Hollywood, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

A criminal complaint filed in the case alleges that on Dec. 16, 2014, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped a 2004 Ford on Interstate 70 near mile post 198 in Russell County, Kan.

With the help of a dog trained to detect drugs, investigators found approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire in the vehicle.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.