Three men were indicted by a federal grand jury during Wednesday and Thursday court proceedings, in two separate and unrelated cases, for possessing large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine for distribution, according to a news release provided by Tammy Dickinson, U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
Cesar David Rios, 41, of Tujunga, Calif., was charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. The release states, an affidavit filed with a criminal complaint, a drug-sniffing dog conducted a check of the baggage compartment of a bus at the Greyhound bus terminal in Kansas City, Mo. The dog caught the scent of narcotics in a bag. It was discovered the bag contained 3.7 kilograms of heroin.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV, and was investigated in joint effort by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The release states two other men, separate from Rios, were caught attempting to distribute methamphetamine. Gilberto Moreno Sanchez, 38, and Manuel Enrique Urena-Vega, 48, were charged in a four-count indictment Wednesday. The release states the indictment alleges that Sanchez and Urena-Vega participated together in the attempt to distribute methamphetamine. Additionally, they are also charged together with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
According to the release, Sanchez is also charged with illegally reentering the United States. Urena-Vega also faces another charge of making false statements.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. The case was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.