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UNDERCOVER OPERATION NETS ARREST FOR COUNTY DRUG UNIT

October 28, 1998

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Police and drug investigators made two separate arrests on LSD cases Monday.

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit officers raided a south Lawrence apartment Monday night, arresting two residents for dealing LSD.

Adam Keefer White, 20, and Jesse Jorian Johnson, 20, were arrested at their apartment in the 1300 block of West 24th. Douglas County Undersheriff Kenny Massey said undercover officers bought 15 hits of the hallucinogenic drug from the men Monday and confiscated five more hits during a search. The suspects were selling each dose of LSD for $5.

Officers also seized a small amount of marijuana, and "tons of paraphernalia," Massey said, including bongs and pipes.

The bust was the second of the day where LSD, also known as acid, was seized in Lawrence. Earlier, police arrested a Lawrence man in the 700 block of Massachusetts with 70 doses of the hallucinogenic drug.

Despite the separate arrests in one day, authorities weren't raising red flags.

"I wouldn't call it a major problem," Massey said.

"It's definitely a part of the drug culture here, but we don't see much of it," he added. "This is the first we've heard of it in a while."

The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit, which includes officers from sheriff's departments in Franklin, Douglas and Jefferson counties, arrested the men about 6 p.m.

"We've been working on these guys for a couple of weeks," Massey said.

White was arrested on charges of two counts of selling LSD, two counts of drug tax stamp violations and one count of possession of LSD with intent to sell.

Johnson was arrested on three counts each of the sale of LSD and tax stamp violations, and one count of possession of LSD with intent to sell.

They were also released from the Douglas County Jail because no charges were filed, pending Kansas Bureau of Investigation tests on the suspected LSD.

Police Monday morning arrested Jeffrey Phillips, 24, in downtown Lawrence, recovering 70 hits of what was thought to be LSD when they searched him. Phillips was arrested a week before for possession of mushrooms and marijuana; prosecutors are waiting for results of tests on the drugs before filing charges against him.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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