WICHITA, KAN. – A California man was sentenced today to 8 years in federal prison for transporting fentanyl and heroin to Kansas, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Mauricio Canas, 24, Bermuda Dunes, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking. In his plea, Canas admitted he and a co-defendant were stopped in Thomas County for a traffic violation. In the car, troopers found more than 9 pounds of fentanyl and more than 8 pounds of heroin.
Investigators learned Canas was transporting the drugs from California to New York for distribution when he passed through Kansas. He used a phone to communicate with his contacts in New York.
Co-defendant Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez is set for sentencing Feb. 16.
McAllister commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Andrusak for their work on the case.