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Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 1990

AREA RESIDENTS CHARGED AFTER DRUG BUST

June 6, 1990

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Two Jefferson County men were arrested Sunday afternoon at Perry Lake in what a state drug enforcement agent called a "major" drug arrest.

Two more men were arrested in Topeka on Monday as a result of the same investigation.

Kyle Smith, assistant attorney general assigned to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said today that Kansas, Oklahoma and Jefferson County officers arrested the two Jefferson County men as the result of a two-month joint investigation among the agencies.

Arrested were Robert R. "Rick" Weeks, 36, rural Oskaloosa, and Daniel C. Easum, 38, rural Perry.

Weeks and Easum made their initial appearance in federal court in Topeka Tuesday afternoon. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Ronald C. Newman released the two on a $20,000 unsecured bond. They are to be arraigned in front of Newman at 11 a.m. next Tuesday in Topeka.

Both men have been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to sell. Weeks also was charged with one count of possessing a firearm during a drug transaction.

Smith said the arrests occurred during an "attempted transaction" involving 25 pounds of marijuana at the Perry Lake Marina. In addition to the marijuana, agents seized four vehicles, $145,000 and several firearms from the suspects, he said.

Three agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, nine KBI agents and two Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were involved in the investigation and Sunday's arrests, Smith said.

"I consider it a major arrest," Smith said. "This was more than your intermediate dealer."

Smith said agents arrested Richard R. Gainer, 27, Lane, and Donald M. Provence, 32, Overland Park, in the 3300 block of South Topeka Avenue early Monday evening as a result of the same investigation that led authorities to Weeks and Easum.

Officers seized 200 pounds of marijuana, $85,000 in cash and two vehicles from the suspects.

Gainer and Provence each also were charged with one count of conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to sell.

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