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Drug dealer sold meth and guns in Kansas City grocery store parking lots, feds allege

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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.

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.

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