COLBY — A California man pleaded guilty last week to federal charges that officers found more than 9 pounds of fentanyl and more than 8 pounds of heroin when they stopped his car in Kansas, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister said.


Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez, 24, of Cathedral City, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of using a cell phone in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to a news release.


In his plea, Arellano-Sanchez admitted that on Aug. 21, 2019, officers stopped his car in Thomas County near Colby. They found the fentanyl and heroin in his car. He was using his cellphone to navigate to a drug transaction to take place in New York.


Sentencing is set for Feb. 16, 2021. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 96 months in federal prison. McAllister commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Andrusak for their work on the case.