Saline County drug suspects indicted on federal charges

TOPEKA, Kan. – Three men arrested earlier this month in Saline County were indicted Wednesday on federal drug charges.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release. the indictments name 23-year-old Adrian Ayala-Garcia, 28-year-old Eduardo Ponce-Serrano and 25-year-old Francisco Javier Carrillo-Elias.

Grissom said Ayala-Garcia, who has been living in Abilene, was charged with  one count of possessing approximately 18 pounds of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; one count of unlawful possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Ponce-Serrano, who lives in Salina, was charged with four counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 18 pounds of methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Carrillo-Elias, who is not a citizen of the United States and who has been living in Salina, three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 18 pounds of methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted, the three could face between five and 20 years in prison and fines between $250,000 and $10 million.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, the Salina Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated the case.

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