Topeka Two Jefferson County men entered guilty pleas to federal drug charges during a hearing Tuesday and are scheduled to be sentenced in November.
According to a U.S. District Court clerk, Robert R. "Rick" Weeks, 36, rural Oskaloosa, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to sell and one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug transaction. Daniel C. Easum, 38, rural Perry, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug transaction.
A trial for the two men was scheduled to begin this morning, but was canceled when the men entered their guilty pleas at a pretrial hearing Tuesday.
Weeks and Easum were arrested June 3 at Perry Lake during an attempted transaction involving 25 pounds of marijuana at Perry Lake Marina. Their arrests were the result of a two-month joint investigation by Kansas, Oklahoma, and Jefferson County law enforcement agencies.
Agents also siezed four vehicles, $145,000 and several firearms from the suspects.
The same investigation also led to the arrests of two more men in early June.
Sentencing for Weeks and Easum is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9. Each drug charge carries a penalty of one to five years in prison or a fine or both.