Man C aught Moving 40 Pounds of Meth in Gas Tank Near Liberal, Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. – A New Mexico man was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison for concealing 40 pounds of methamphetamine in his fuel tank.

Miguel Angel Ramirez, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

In his plea, Ramirez admitted he was stopped by the Kansas Highway Patrol on Highway 54 in Liberal, Kan. Troopers found 40 pounds of methamphetamine in the fuel tank of the Dodge Challenger he was driving. Ramirez had driven from New Mexico with orders to deliver the drugs to Wichita. He kept other conspirators advised of his progress by telephone.

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