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Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 1996

COCAINE CHARGES FILED AGAINST TRIO

November 20, 1996

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Men from Compton, Calif., Topeka and Lawrence arrested in connection with area cocaine sales were formally charged Monday by the Douglas County district attorney.

The charges range from dealing cocaine to attempting to buy it as officers tried to arrest the man allegedly selling it.

Armed with a search warrant, officers from the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the three Friday at an apartment in western Lawrence, following a two-month investigation, Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said.

Frank Edward Diggs, 62, Compton, is facing 10 charges, including three of selling cocaine and one of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Diggs is being held in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Eric David Lipp, 25, was out of Douglas County Jail Monday on $2,500 bond.

Willard L. Hattabaugh, 44, 1311 W. Eighth, was charged with attempted purchase of cocaine. He was being held on $1,500 bond.

District Judge Robert Fairchild granted a work release for Hattabaugh, who allegedly "came shopping" at the apartment at the time Diggs and Lipp were being arrested, Anderson said.

All await court appearances Thursday.

Juvenile reported

for gun, drug materials

Police are investigating a former Lawrence High School student for allegedly possessing a sawed-off shotgun and drug paraphernalia.

According to police reports, the 17-year-old boy's grandfather reported that he discovered an illegal, 20-gauge pump shotgun, shotgun shells and an unreported type of equipment for drug manufacture or consumption in the boy's vehicle.

Police recovered the items about 3 p.m. Sunday outside the western Lawrence residence. The juvenile had been living with the grandfather but had not returned to the house for more than a week. The boy's mother apparently knew where he was. Police were attempting Monday and Tuesday to contact him.

The boy was enrolled at LHS as a junior at the beginning of the year, but he has stopped attending, according to the school's enrollment records. Because records are confidential, school officials could not disclose the boy's reason for leaving.

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