California man pleas guilty to heroin, fentanyl drug trafficking
WICHITA, Kan. – A California man pleaded guilty today to federal charges that officers found more than nine pounds of fentanyl and more than eight pounds of heroin when the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped his car in Kansas.
Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez, 24, of Cathedral City, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of using a cell phone in furtherance of drug trafficking.
In his plea, Arellano-Sanchez admitted that on Aug. 21, 2019, officers stopped his car in Thomas County, Kan. They found the fentanyl and heroin in his car. He was using his cell phone to navigate to a drug transaction to take place in New York.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 16, 2021. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 96 months in federal prison. In addition to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kansas City District Office, investigated the case.