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, he admitted law enforcement officers stopped his car in Thomas County for a traffic violation. In the car, they found more than 9 pounds of fentanyl and more than 8 pounds of heroin.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 22. He could face a penalty of up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the transportation charge and up to four years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count.
McAllister commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Andrusak for their work on the case.