Jan 14, 2020 2:14 PM

Woman pleads guilty to transporting 60 lbs. of meth in Ellis Co.

Posted Jan 14, 2020 2:14 PM
Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro- Rooks Co.
Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro- Rooks Co.

WICHITA – A woman from Los Angeles pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to transporting 60 pounds of methamphetamine to Kansas, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release Tuesday.

Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro, 46, Los Angeles, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In her plea, she admitted that the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped her car Feb. 12 in Ellis County. A trooper found the methamphetamine in heat-sealed bags hidden in a real quarter panel and in both rear doors.

Sentencing is set for April 16. She could face a sentence of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million. McAllister commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst for their work on the case.

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Larned man hospitalized after semi trucks collide

PAWNEE COUNTY — One person was injured in an accident just before 10:30a.m. Monday in Pawnee County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2017 Peterbilt semi driven by  Jeremy Essmiller, 26, Pawnee Rock, was westbound on Kansas 156 three miles east of Rozel.

The driver attempted to pass a  2004 Kenworth semi driven by Steven Doyle, Larned, as the Kenworth slowed and began turning south onto 250th Avenue.

The driver's side of the Peterbilt semi's trailer collided with the rear passenger side corner of the Kenworth's trailer.

 Both vehicles remained connected and upright as the entered the south ditch, where they came to rest.

 EMS transported Doyle to the hospital in Larned. Essmiller was not injured. Both drivers were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.