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Man pleads guilty to driving pounds of drugs through Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to transporting 9 pounds of fentanyl and 8 pounds of heroin across Kansas on his way to delivering the drugs in New York.

Mauricio Canas, of Bermuda Dunes, California, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Wichita to interstate transportation in furtherance of drug trafficking and using a phone in furtherance of drug trafficking, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The drugs were found when Canas was stopped on Aug. 21, 2019, in Thomas County for a traffic violation.

Prosecutors said Canas was transporting the drugs from California to New York for distribution when he drove through Kansas.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 22.

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