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Man admits role in large-scale Kansas heroin ring linked to Mexican drug cartels

October 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man admits role in large-scale Kansas heroin ring linked to Mexican drug cartels Photo: DEA

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A man implicated in a large-scale heroin distribution enterprise that allegedly linked a couple from Overland Park, Kansas to Mexican drug cartels entered a guilty plea last week in federal court.

Julian Felix-Aguirre was one of 24 suspects indicted in the drug network, which federal prosecutors alleged distributed at least 30 pounds of heroin and significant amounts of meth in the Kansas City area.

The 45-year-old entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to conspiring to distribute heroin and meth, conspiring to launder money, and use of a gun during a drug trafficking offense.

The investigation that led to charges was launched in 2015 with a tip that a couple in Overland Park was receiving shipments of drugs from Mexico.

The indictment filed in federal court do not present details regarding the cartel connections in Mexico.

Undercover detectives saw the Overland Park couple meeting with Felix-Aguirre, who was arrested in 2016 after he was pulled over by authorities in Kansas City.

Police discovered a pound of heroin in the car he was driving, court records revealed.

A raid of two residences that Felix-Aguirre was connected to turned up another two pounds of heroin and four pounds of meth.

Three handguns, two rifles, a shotgun and over $50,000 in cash were also seized.

Felix-Aguirre is facing life behind bars. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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