Kansas couple accused of laundering cartel money make deal

Plains State Bank (KSN file photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Attorneys for a couple accused of laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel at a small southwest Kansas bank say they have negotiated a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

A joint notice filed Friday by George and Agatha Enns of Meade notifies the court of their intention to change their pleas. Their attorneys say they have not yet gotten a copy of the plea agreement, but expect to set the case for a hearing to enter new pleas before the year ends.

The filing comes a day after former Plains State Bank President James Kirk Friend told the court he plans to change his plea. His change-of-plea hearing is Oct. 17.

Prosecutors contend Friend helped the couple launder more than $6.8 million between 2011 and 2014.