Local officers to testify at alleged murder plot, drug case in Kansas
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Two Imperial police officers are expected to be in Dodge City, Kan., the end of August, where they will testify in an alleged murder plot and drug case that involve three men who have lived in Imperial.
Sgt. Rob Browning and Officer Kyle Hansen have been subpoenaed to testify in the Ford County, Kan., case against Rodolfo Enriquez, one of the men from Imperial.
Enriquez has entered not guilty pleas to charges of conspiring to commit first-degree murder and possessing cocaine with the intent to sell/distribute.
He was one of six men arrested in the case.
The case has ties to Imperial, where about a pound and a half of cocaine was confiscated by police officers in late January, after a tip from one of the men allegedly involved in the drug trafficking and attempted murder plot.
Sgt. Browning was contacted by a detective with the Dodge City Police Department shortly after 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2009.
According to Browning’s affidavit for the search warrant at the Imperial Mini Storage units, Noel Trejo of Imperial had come into the Dodge City police station, wanting to turn himself in for criminal activity.
Trejo had told Dodge City Detective Steven George that he had agreed with several others to buy a kilo of cocaine and kill the seller rather than pay him.
According to the affidavit, “Trejo said that he agreed to do this because he was afraid that the people he was dealing with...would harm or kill his family who live in Imperial” if Trejo didn’t cooperate.
Trejo told the detective he had cocaine in his car that had been taken from a large supply of at least a kilo stored at an Imperial Mini Storage unit.
Sgt. Browning said his investigation found that unit was rented to Miguel and Laura Trejo. Local police confiscated the cocaine at that time, and held it in evidence here.
Sgt. Browning and Officer Hansen are expected to be at Enriquez’s trial Aug. 25-27.
Enriquez was one of six men arrested in January at a Dodge City motel on the murder conspiracy and cocaine possession charges. Besides Enriquez, Joel Mendoza-Soto also listed Imperial as his address. The other men arrested were from Texas.
All six charged have been held in Dodge City on bonds of $2 million each.
One kilo of cocaine weighs about 2.2 pounds.