Firefighters battle blaze at Wendy’s at 78th and Parallel

Kansas City, Kansas, firefighters battled a blaze around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Wendy’s restaurant near 78th and Parallel Parkway. Several fire trucks responded to the fire. More information will follow. (Photo copyright 2020 by Mary Rupert)
Firefighters battled a blaze around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Wendy’s restaurant at 78th and Parallel Parkway. (Photo copyright 2020 by Mary Rupert)
Firefighters battled a blaze around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Wendy’s restaurant at 78th and Parallel Parkway. (Photo copyright 2020 by Mary Rupert)
Firefighters battled a blaze around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Wendy’s restaurant at 78th and Parallel Parkway. (Photo copyright 2020 by Mary Rupert)
Westbound Parallel Parkway was closed to traffic at 77th during the fire, and traffic was diverted onto 77th Street and eastbound Parallel. (Photo copyright 2020 by Mary Rupert)

California man sentenced for trying to smuggle heroin and meth to Kansas City

A California man was sentenced today to 6.5 years in federal prison for smuggling heroin and methamphetamine to Kansas, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Allan Bryan DeJesus, 40, Bakersfield, California, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. In his plea, he admitted he was on his way to Kansas City on Jan. 5, 2019, when the Kansas Highway Patrol pulled him over on I-70 in Thomas County.

In DeJesus’ vehicle, a trooper found two pounds of heroin and 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

McAllister commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind for their work on the case.