Archive for Friday, May 5, 2006

Police seek suspects in crack case

Drug sales allegedly were occurring near grade schools

May 5, 2006


Police this week are trying to round up a group of nine Lawrence men charged with distributing crack cocaine between 2004 and 2006, an operation that police say involved drug sales near two local elementary schools.

Most recently, police said, some of the men were operating early this year out of a small home at 514 Locust St. in North Lawrence, a block from Woodlawn School.

"All these people are intertwined and connected," said Sgt. Tarik Khatib, supervisor of the joint city-county Drug Enforcement Unit. "Some of them are dealers. Some of them are users that assisted in the dealing. They're all part of the organization that existed to sell crack."

As of Thursday, the following defendants had been arrested and ordered detained pending trial in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.:

¢ Don Marcus "Foo Boo" Gibler, 27, also known as Don Marcus Fowler.

¢ Branden Scott Walker, 21.

¢ Ryan Ezell "Red" Fowler, 24.

¢ Lonney Ray Teichmann, 46.

¢ James W. Beltch, 37.

The following men were still at large:

¢ Aharlock W. Fixico, 27, known as "Ejo."

¢ Carl Ray Roubison, 47.

¢ John Burke Holt, 39.

¢ Ryan Lavell "Quick" Green, 45.

Federal court, which a local prosecutor once likened to a "surgical ward" for problematic drug dealers, generally involves stiffer penalties for drug crimes compared with state courts.

Khatib said the local drug unit has built federal cases against roughly 70 people in the past three years.

"It's people that have been kind of a pain - selling drugs and other crimes associated with that," he said.

The common charge of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine applies to all nine defendants in this case.

All of the men except Holt, Green and Beltch are charged with dealing cocaine in 2004 out of an apartment at 1401 E. 21st Terrace No. 4, within 1,000 feet of Kennedy School.

In addition, Gibler, Ryan Fowler, Holt and Green are charged with dealing cocaine in August 2004 out of a home at 3700 Hartford.

Gibler, Ryan Fowler and Green are charged with dealing cocaine out of the home at 514 Locust between January and February 2006.

Also, Holt is charged with illegally possessing two handguns despite a past conviction in 1992 for illegally having a machine gun.


Mike Birch 12 years, 1 month ago

Were not talking about "Butt Crack" here are we!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years, 1 month ago

Going through life with a name like "Aharlock W. Fixico" would drive most of us to seek out drugs and alcohol, I think.

I think Don Marcus "Foo Boo" Gibler is probably really "FuBu", don't you think?

redfred 12 years, 1 month ago

Drug dealers may not be dealing drugs to children. However, places where drugs are dealt are more prone for violent incidents. That increases the risks to children in the area.

pundit 12 years, 1 month ago

redfred: Reality Check is correct. No research supports these "school-safe" zones. They are just politically motivated window dressing

mom_of_three 12 years, 1 month ago

Yes, selling drugs is going to be bad no matter where it happens, but redfred has made a good point.

But if the dealers are near the schools, dealers have more access to impressionable customers. Yes, there will be kids who will want it and find it no matter where the dealers are, but I like the idea of the 1000 foot school zone.

Mike Birch 12 years, 1 month ago

Now hold on one second! Not only were

they dealing within 1,000 feet of a

school but the school also had two

Pacman video game machines which should

add another 5 yrs. to their sentences!


Grundoon Luna 12 years, 1 month ago

I am sure they are still utilizing those methods, in addtion to snatching them right off the street, right out of their homes, and out of their very own beds sometimes. Sex offenders are nearly impossible to rehabilitate and need to be put away for good. Period

MO3, 1000 feet away isn't enough. I can't remeber the guys name, but he was some guy in work to rehabiitate these sacks of $#!^, who was cautioning that if laws are made too strick and restrict their movements and access to housing, blah, balh, blah, then he perp will feel bad making him more likely to reoffend. Sounds to me like he may reoffend anyway and shouldn't be left out to see the light of day. End of story!

mom_of_three 12 years, 1 month ago

No, 1000 feet isn't far enough for a sex offender, but considering the state of Kansas doesn't have a law PERIOD, 1000 feet would be better than nothing. That would keep a convicted sexual offender from living accross the street from an elementary school, or daycare.

mom_of_three 12 years, 1 month ago

I also had this thought about drug dealers and 1000 feet from the schools - Don't know if this would happen, but it could. What if a drug dealer was close to a school, and accidentally dropped some of his drugs/product/dope? Do you know of any child who might not be a little curious to at least pick it up? That in itself could be dangerous.
sorry, just thinking like a mom

BJ 12 years, 1 month ago

So parkay, You are saying in no uncertain terms that the life of a child is worth more then my life. Thanks! How much is your life worth? Just wondering ....... BJ

myopinion 12 years, 1 month ago

The value of the life of a child vs. an adult is really not the question. We have a duty to protect our childen since they do not have the experience and learned judgement to recognize what danger might be lurking right beside them.

Kornphlake 12 years, 1 month ago

Just one more thing to distract the public, War, High oil costs, corrupt goverment? Hey look over there at those CrackDealers by the school!!! that we new about for two years. Way to get lost in the distractions people.

adopted 12 years, 1 month ago

WWWOOOHHHOOO for the police!!!!!! Get a couple more crack dealers out of town!!!! You people that can't say anything nice about our cops, country or town...why don't you move to Iraq... or better yet Iran! You go good guys!!!! I will keep on cheering you on!!!!!!! Keep up the good work and God Bless you!

Kelly Powell 12 years, 1 month ago

We need "law free zones"....Basically take a section of town and cordone it off, you sign a waiver going in and get searched coming out......everything in between is up for grabs......

followthemoney 12 years, 1 month ago

Why don't we face up to the real cause of drug proliferation? Crack is as easy to get as candy at the local Wal Mart. There would not be drugs on the street unless the powers to be allowed it! The drugs for money, for power game is just as alive now as it was in the late 90's. Do your own research or just accept what you hear from the media and the locals.

For instance:

In August of 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published a three-part investigation by Gary Webb into the U.S. government's links to the trade in crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles. Webb's investigation uncovered links between the Central Intelligence Agency's covert war against Nicaragua and convicted Los Angeles drug dealer "Freeway" Ricky Ross, whom the Los Angeles Times in 1994 had dubbed the "one outlaw capitalist most responsible for flooding Los Angeles' streets with mass-marketed cocaine." (20 December 1994 p. A20) The (admittedly sensationalized, but basically accurate) story generated much controversy, and heated denials from the mainstream media (in particular the local paper of record, whose editor Shelby Coffey III couldn't bear the thought of someone else beating his paper out on a major story in his own backyard). This vehement denegation, however, is largely inconsistent with the historical record (some of which has been, and continues to be, reported in these same papers).

San Jose Mercury News Postscript Archive

Drug raid documents reveal allegations of CIA involvement Published: Oct. 6, 1996 Allegations supporting long-held suspicions seen as unifying issue for blacks Published: Oct. 6, 1996 Questions arise about MN series on CIA-crack link Published: Oct. 4, 1996 Affidavit: Cops knew of drug ring Published: Oct. 3, 1996 Black leaders call for class-action lawsuit Published: Sept. 30, 1996 Gag order concealed possible CIA drug tiesPublished: Sept. 29, 1996 South Central residents condemn CIA's reported role Published: Sept. 29, 1996 Activist vows to continue protests over alleged CIA-crack link Published: Sept. 27, 1996 Ex-DEA agent supports allegations; protesters arrested Published: Sept. 24, 1996 North calls CIA-drug allegations "garbage" Published: Sept. 22, 1996 Two probes start into possible CIA-drug ring tiesPublished: Sept. 21, 1996 CIA promises independent investigationPublished: Sept. 20, 1996 Waters may force vote to establish probe Published: Sept. 18, 1996 Dealer's sentencing postponed Published: Sept. 14, 1996 Congressional Black Caucus demands investigation Published: Sept. 13, 1996 Pair arrested while urging probe Published: Sept. 12, 1996 Jackson calls for investigation Published: Sept. 8, 1996 Series leads to CIA probePublished: Sept. 6, 1996 Waters calls on Attorney GeneralPublished: Sept. 4, 1996 Boxer calls for CIA probePublished: Aug. 29, 1996 Black groups seek probe of CIA drug links Published: Aug. 24, 1996 Editorial: Another CIA disgrace: Helping the crack flow Published: Aug. 21, 996

lunacydetector 12 years, 1 month ago

Oprah got arrested at chicago's o'hare airport. when security lifted up her dress, they found 70 lbs of crack (or was it 4 feet of crack?).

AlisonNicole 11 years, 5 months ago

Some people really need to keep their opinions to them selves!!

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