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Cop poses as delivery driver in Wichita drug bust

Cop poses as delivery driver in Wichita drug bust

By Marc LaVoie. CREATED May 15, 2014

Two Wichita men are facing federal drug trafficking charges after an undercover operation.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office says police found three pounds of methamphetamine inside a car after they stopped Michael Ortega-Alvarez for a traffic violation on May 6.  Ortega-Alvarez, 45, allegedly revealed to detectives that he was supposed to deliver the package to a man he didn't know.

A police officer then posed as the delivery driver and, using Ortega-Alvarez' phone, received instructions to hand off the package in the parking lot of the QuikTrip at 31st Street South and Hillside.

Officers eventually arrested the alleged recipient, Manuel Bencomo-Rodriguez, 47.

If convicted, both men face up to ten years in federal prison.