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KCK man charged
with trafficking drugs

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A man who allegedly transported nearly 50 pounds of marijuana across state line is facing charges.

Anselmo Salazar, 45, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged with a class B felony of trafficking in the second degree for allegedly possessing more than 30 grams of methamphetamine.

He was also charged with class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver possessed cocaine, and a class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver more than five grams of marijuana.

Court documents indicate Salazar was pulled over by police for following a vehicle too closely along Interstate 29 and Hwy 273 near Tracy.

Salazar gave the sheriff’s deputy permission to search his vehicle. During the inspection, authorities say they found a duffle bag with 42 packages of what was suspected to be marijuana.

The total weight of the marijuana was 46.98 pounds.

According to court documents, authorities say they also found in the vehicle a bag of white powder, as well as a bag containing a crystal substance.

A field test of the suspected narcotics confirmed the suspected packages were illegal substances, authorities say.

Prosecutors say Salazar admitted to having narcotics in his vehicle and that his intent was to deliver the narcotics to another person. The crime allegedly originated in Kansas City, Kan.

Salazar is being held in the Platte County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash only bail. Court documents indicate Salazar has used many aliases.