Two Lawrence men who officials have called key drug suppliers in the Lawrence area were ordered Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court to stand trial for several felony counts of cocaine dealing.
After their July 5 arrest, Joseph Jones, 24, was charged with four felony counts of selling cocaine and Kenneth Foster, 40, was charged with two felony counts of selling cocaine. A third person, Gary Dawson, 33, was also arrested and charged with two felony counts of selling cocaine.
After hearing evidence against Dawson, Judge Ralph M. King Jr. continued his preliminary hearing until Aug. 1. Rick Trapp, assistant district attorney, asked for the continuance because new felony counts of possessing cocaine and selling cocaine without a tax stamp charges have been filed against Dawson. Trapp said the evidence involving those two new charges was being investigated.
An arraignment and trial date for Jones and Foster will be set at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9.
Dawson, Jones and Foster laughed and discussed with their lawyers the testimony of two confidential informants who assisted the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit's investigation of the three men.
Marc Williams, one of two informants, told the court that during the investigation he had purchased 1 gram of cocaine for $120 from Jones on Feb. 8.
Williams and a second informant, Yvonne Cook, described how they met investigators at an undisclosed location before purchasing drugs. The two were strip-searched and given recording devices and money to make the deals.
Cook said she had made five purchases between March 8 and May 29 of amounts of either 1 gram of cocaine, valued at $120, or half grams, valued at $60.