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WICHITA, KS (KCTV) – Federal prosecutors said a woman from Los Angeles as pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges after she tried to smuggle 60 pounds of methamphetamine through Kansas.

According to the Department of Justice, 46-year-old Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro was facing a single count of possession with intent to distribute.

Authorities said Alvarez-Buenrostro was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on February 19 of last year in Ellis County. During the stop, the trooper found the meth in heat-sealed bags that were hidden in the rear doors of the vehicle and in a real quarter panel.

Alvarez-Buenrostro is scheduled to be sentenced in April and faces a fine of up to $10 million and a sentence of no less than 10 year in prison. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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