Federal prosecutors in Kansas City have charged a man who allegedly sold a large amount of drugs and numerous guns to undercover agents.
Heladio Lezama-Palma, a citizen of Mexico who is in the United States illegally, was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Lezama-Palma, 33, allegedly made deals to sell 16 firearms and about three kilograms of methamphetamine over a period of several months.
The transactions occurred in the parking lots of grocery stores in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., according to court documents.
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In July, he allegedly sold two assault-style rifles and a handgun in the parking lot of a SunFresh store in the 200 block of South 18th Street in Kansas City, Kan.
Later in the month, he is accused of selling a kilogram of methamphetamine during a meeting outside the Price Chopper Store at 5800 Wilson Avenue in Kansas City.
In another deal in October, he met with the undercover agent at a northeast Kansas City auto mechanic shop and allegedly sold six firearms, including two AR-15 rifles.
Lezama-Palma was arrested Wednesday morning at a Price Chopper on Wilson Avenue.
Inside his Cadillac Escalade, officers recovered a bag containing two kilograms of methamphetamine and seven firearms, according to court documents.
Among the weapons were two semi-automatic assault-style rifles, the documents allege.