8 pounds of meth hidden in women’s car


WICHITA, Kan. – Two New Mexico women were indicted Tuesday on charges of bringing more than 8 pounds of methamphetamine to Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

 Annabell Romero, 37, Tucumcari, N.M., and Pamela Y. Meier, 43, Tucumcari, New Mexico, were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of traveling in interstate commerce in furtherance of drug trafficking.

 They initially were charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita March 1. An affidavit in support of the complaint alleged that on Feb. 28 they were driving eastbound in the 21000 block of west US 54 when they were stopped by a deputy of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s. Investigators found the methamphetamine in duct taped bundles inside four brown paper sacks that were hidden in the lining of the trunk. Investigators learned the two women were being paid to transport the drugs from Phoenix to Wichita.

 If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the charge of possession with intent to distribute, and maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other charge. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

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