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Drug Courier Sentenced to Prison after Chase with Highway Patrol

NOV 16 (TOPEKA, Kansas) –– James Shroba, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, announced today that a drug courier who was trying to outrun the Kansas Highway Patrol, driving at 111 miles per hour, was sentenced Monday to 47 months in federal prison.

Miguel Torres, 22, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, Torres admitted that on March 14, 2015, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop his BMW as he was driving westbound on Interstate 70 in Geary County. During the chase, the trooper measured Torres’ speed as high as 111 miles per hour. After Torres stopped, the trooper found approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine in the truck of the car. Investigators learned that Torres was paid $6,000 to drive the drugs from Riverside Calif., to the Kansas City area.

This case was worked by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas.


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