By Michael Schwanke
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
3:00 PM CDT, March 12, 2013
Papers filed in federal court in Wichita show drug agents discovered a large scale drug distribution ring that used tractors and other items to conceal marijuana.
The drugs, according the search warrant and court papers obtained by FactFinder 12, were packed into tractors and metal boxes in Mexico.
They were shipped to Wichita, where in at least two different warehouses, they were taken apart so the drugs could be removed and sold.
The detailed search warrant application is 12 pages long describing what led federal authorities to a Wichita building on S. Southwest Blvd.
According the warrant, agents took six John Deere tractors, one forklift, paperwork, and about 1,300 pounds of marijuana.
The building in the 1700 block of S. Southwest Blvd. is referred to as the “target premises.”
There’s also a building on South Emporia near downtown Wichita involved. The papers show the suspects used both buildings to break down equipment to remove and distribute drugs.
“…they received tractor trailer loads of old farm tractors or construction vehicles. The marijuana was concealed in these vehicles and it would take all day to cut open the compartments,” says an agent in the warrant application.
This case dates back to 2011. Now four men are facing a federal trial in May.
James and Michael Kasinger, Robert Seamster and Osbaldo Garcia-Garcia are all accused of distributing a controlled substance.
Federal authorities are not comment on the case.
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