LA woman charged with smuggling 60 pounds of meth into Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. — A Los Angeles woman has been charged with smuggling more than 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of methamphetamine into Kansas.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 46-year-old Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro was indicted Tuesday on one count of possession with intent to distribute.

The indictment says Kansas Highway Patrol troopers found 33 heat-sealed bags of meth hidden in a rear quarter panel and both rear doors of her Ford Explorer when she was stopped on Interstate 70 near Hays.

If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

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