The owner of a Lawrence clothing store who was the target of a 15-month drug investigation was formally charged Tuesday in Douglas County District Court with selling cocaine to an informant.
Robert Lee Nelson, 33, 2224 Breckenridge, was charged with four felony counts of selling cocaine and four felony counts of selling cocaine without a Kansas tax stamp. Prosecutors allege Nelson sold cocaine during October and November to an informant working for the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit. Drug unit officers arrested Nelson Monday night at a downtown bar.
Nelson was taken to the Douglas County Jail and bond was set at $35,000.
Nelson's attorney, Mike Riling of Lawrence, on Tuesday asked Douglas County District Judge Ralph M. King Jr. to reduce Nelson's bond on the grounds that Nelson has strong community ties, including ownership of L A Connection, a sportswear and clothing store at 9 E. Eighth.
King denied the request and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 9. Nelson was taken back to jail after the hearing Tuesday.
Nelson reportedly was the last member of a "foursome" to be arrested for selling cocaine in Lawrence.
Kenneth Foster, 40, Lawrence, and Gary Dawson, 30, and Joseph Jones, 24, both of California, were arrested in Lawrence in July 1991 on drug-related charges.
Dawson was sentenced in November to three to 10 years imprisonment on one felony count of selling cocaine and one to five years on a felony count of attempting to sell cocaine. Jones was sentenced in late December to three to 10 years for possessing and selling cocaine. Foster is charged with a felony count of conspiring to sell cocaine. Sentencing for Foster has been set for Jan. 10.
Proceedings will continue in the Nelson case on Jan. 9, when he will face a preliminary hearing.