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Kansas woman pleads guilty to being part of meth ring

February 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 41-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, woman has pleaded guilty to being part of a methamphetamine ring that distributed the drug in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Federal prosecutors said Karen Ortega distributed methamphetamine out of a home where she lived with her three children.

Officers searching the home found about 20 pounds of methamphetamine, almost two pounds of heroin and about $230,000 in cash. They also recovered several firearms.

Ortega pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Ortega was charged after investigators observed her selling about two pounds of meth in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas City, Kansas.

She is scheduled to be sentenced May 7.

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