KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A California man was indicted Thursday on a federal charge of transporting approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Armondo Medina Gomez, 29, North Hollywood, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A criminal complaint filed in the case alleges that on Dec. 16, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped a 2004 Ford on Interstate 70 near mile post 198 in Russell County. With the help of a dog trained to detect drugs, investigators found approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire in the vehicle.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The KHP and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.