Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson today said three men arrested Friday on cocaine-related charges had forced other dealers out of business and were supplying a large number of users, which led authorities to believe they were the area's major cocaine suppliers.
Anderson said the men, Joseph Jones, 24, Gary Dawson, 33, and Kenneth Foster, 40, came to Lawrence from other states and began intimidating local dealers and taking over their operations.
Anderson said local authorities, along with the Federal Drug Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Douglas County district attorney's office and a federal attorney's office, began investigating the men in September 1990.
The men were arrested at Eighth and New Hampshire streets and were booked into jail about 9 p.m. Friday.
Anderson declined to discuss many details about the men, saying authorities do not want the information to come out before their preliminary hearings. The men are scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. today in Douglas County District Court.
Jones, whose address is listed as the 1100 block of Tennessee, is charged with four counts of selling cocaine and charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He remained in jail today in lieu of $39,000 bond.
Dawson, 3310 W. Eighth, is charged with selling cocaine and possessing cocaine with the intent to sell. For the charges listed on the warrant, he is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.
Foster, no address listed, is charged with two counts of selling cocaine. He remained in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.
Anderson this morning said the men "have the means" to post bond, and he does not know why they haven't done so.