G.C. man facing federal allegations


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

WICHITA — A Garden City man, Jonathan Valdez, 25, was federally indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Wichita.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 16 in Finney County.

If convicted, the press release said Valdez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the drug charge; and a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge. The Finney County Sheriff's Office investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

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

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