New attorneys to be sworn in Sept. 26

Among 134 new attorneys who will be sworn in Sept. 26 in Topeka are five from Wyandotte County.

The new attorneys from Wyandotte County include William Nicholas Jenkins, from Edwardsville; Edward James Bain, Rebecca Marie Howlett, Whitney Kaye Novak, and Danielle Marie Uzelac, from Kansas City, Kan.

The new attorneys passed the Kansas Bar Examination in July.

The swearing-in ceremony will be Friday morning, Sept. 26, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will preside over the ceremony and Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius will represent the U.S. District Court. Heather Smith, clerk of the Kansas Supreme Court, will administer the state oath, and Tim O’Brien, clerk of the U.S. District Court, will administer the federal oath.

Terry Mann, chairman of the Kansas Board of Law Examiners, will read the roll of the 134 new attorneys.

The Kansas Bar Association will hold a welcome reception Friday, Sept. 26, to honor new admittees to the Kansas Bar. The reception will immediately follow the swearing-in ceremony, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center at 214 S.E. 8th Ave. in Topeka. KBA President Jerry Green, of Hutchison, will present the newly admitted attorneys with a complimentary, one-year membership to the KBA.

Federal charges filed in drug case from Wyandotte County

Six Kansas men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other counts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The crimes were alleged to have occurred from October 2013 to Sept. 5, 2014, in Wyandotte County.

Among those charged:
• Vicencio Olea-Monarez, 36, Kansas City, Kan.
• Gabriel Agustin Lopez, 28.
• Rosalio Chinchilla, 44, Kansas City, Kan.,
• Jose Luis Silva-Cardona, 24, Kansas City, Mo.
• Joshua Thomas Alvarez, 25, Kansas City, Kan.
• Lee Thomas Faulkner, 40, Topeka, Kan.

The indictment alleges members of the conspiracy maintained residences at 719 Lyons Ave. in Kansas City, Kan., and 1201 Gilmore Ave. in Kansas City, Kan., in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Upon conviction, the crimes alleged in the indictment carry these penalties:
• Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 1,000 marijuana plants, distributing methamphetamine, attempt to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million on each count.
• Possession with intent to distribute cocaine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
• Maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000.
• Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.
• Unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel is prosecuting.

Six KCK persons face drug charges

Six Kansas City, Kan., men were charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other counts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The crimes were alleged to have occurred Jan. 1, 2014, to Sept. 5, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan.

Among those charged:
• Jesus Octavio Valdez-Acguirre, Kansas City, Kan.
• Mario Saucedo-Avalos, 39, Kansas City, Kan.
• Jessie Joe Silva, 38, Kansas City, Kan.
• Roberto Lara-Mojica, 20, Kansas City, Kan.
• Ramon Espinoza, 68, Kansas City, Kan.
• Juan Manuel Lopez-Garcia, Kansas City, Kan., 25, Kansas City, Kan.

The indictment seeks a forfeiture money judgment of $148,000, representing the proceeds of the crimes.

Upon conviction, the crimes alleged in the indictment carry these penalties:
• Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.
• Distributing methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
• Distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million on each count.
• Unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien unlawfully in the United States: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.