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Federal indictments filed in drug cases

8/21/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- A federal grand jury in Wichita has issued indictments stemming from arrests in northwest Kansas.

They include:

* Teresa Magna, 51, Spring Valley, Calif., charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 6 in Russell County.

If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on the distribution charge, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count.

* Crystal Zoe Amarillas-Norzagaray, 23, Tuscon, Ariz., and Pilar Angel Leon-Beltran, 35, Tuscon, Ariz., are charged in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute 103 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute 103 kilograms of marijuana. In addition, Leon-Beltran is charged with one count of aggravated illegal re-entry and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Amarillas-Norzagaray also is charged with one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 30 in Ellis County.

If they are convicted, the conspiracy charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million; aggravated re-entry, a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000; interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking could carry a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

* Hector Manuel Briceno, 25, Paramount, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 17, 2014, in Sherman County.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and fine up to $4 million on the possession charge and a maximum penalty of five years, and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count.