Two Jefferson County men facing federal felony drug charges have been ordered to stand trial later this month.
According to a U.S. District Court clerk, Robert R. "Rick" Weeks, 36, rural Oskaloosa, and Daniel C. Easum, 38, rural Perry, have been ordered to stand trial on the charges at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22.
A hearing during which all pretrial motions will be heard has been set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20, the clerk said.
The hearings were ordered in late July, the clerk said.
The two men were arrested June 3 at Perry Lake and each was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to sell. Weeks also was indicted for possessing a firearm during a drug transaction.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges during a hearing June 12. The drug charges carry a penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine or both.
Both men are free on $20,000 unsecured bond.
Kyle Smith, assistant attorney general assigned to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said Weeks and Easum were arrested at the Perry Lake Marina during what Smith termed an "attempted transaction" involving 25 pounds of marijuana.
In addition to the marijuana, authorities seized four vehicles, $145,000 in cash and several firearms from the suspects, Smith said.