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Two federal indictments involve Great Bend area
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 WICHITA – The indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Wichita Wednesday included two central Kansas cases, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

These were:

• Shawn D. McCollum, Jr., 28, Claflin, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Sept. 19, 2014, in Lyons.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge, and a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $2 million on the drug charge. The Lyons Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

• Emmanuel Rodriguez-Torres, 30, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with assaulting an employee of the Department of Homeland Security in the performance of his duties. The crime is alleged to have occurred May 6, 2015, in Barton County.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.