Drug dealer sold meth, guns in KC gro­cery store park­ing lots, feds al­lege

The Kansas City Star - - News -

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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