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Drug Enforcement Administration

St. Louis

December 02, 2020

Contact: Andree Swanson

Phone Number: (571) 362-5149

17 pounds of fentanyl, heroin result in 8 years in prison

Drugs were headed from California to New York

WICHITA, Kan. – A California man was sentenced today to eight 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 nine pounds of fentanyl and more than eight 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.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Kansas City District Office, investigated the case with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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