Archive for Friday, August 15, 2008

23-year-old Lawrence man accused of distributing crack cocaine near school

August 15, 2008


A 23-year-old man faces multiple federal charges stemming from the alleged distribution of crack cocaine in Douglas County, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren's office said Friday.

Roderick Lawton is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine, one count of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Schwegler School in Lawrence, one count of distributing cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, U.S. attorney's spokesman Jim Cross said in a news release. The crimes, which were investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, allegedly occurred at different times in 2007 and 2008.

If convicted, Lawton faces between five and 40 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine, a penalty of up to 20 years for distributing crack cocaine, between one and 40 years for distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, and at least five years for possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, Cross said. Lawton could be sentenced to life and would also face millions of dollars in fines.

On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty in Douglas County District Court to drug charges from 2007, court records indicate. A jury trial in that case is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Lawton is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail.


daddax98 9 years, 9 months ago

The guy could have just been living in the neighborhood near the school and he would get busted under the 1000 ft provision. I doubt very seriously that he was selling AT the school

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 9 months ago

"23-year-old Lawrence man accused of distributing crack cocaine near school"Apparently, his attorney is claiming that he was only "salting" the walkways, in anticipation of snowfall...

CarterFaucheaux 9 years, 9 months ago

That MySpace page alone should get him convicted. burrrrrn

doc1 9 years, 9 months ago

They may call it profiling by all these PR squishheads but profiling is based on reallity. Look at his hoopty ride on his myspace page.

igby 9 years, 9 months ago

Feds will let him out in 18 months because of their "hug a thug" jail over crowding problem. All no violent offenders basically go to drug camp and are paroled to half way houses or federal CC programs. He'll be back in no time.I know a guy who lived next door to him for a while two years ago on 29th st. He said Lawton would come home about 30 times a day driving a different car. He did not own a car, thats the strange thing. He would drive his customers cars around; get their car their money and then has them drop him off near another customers house where he would get their car and money and come back to his apartment where he stashed his crack.

MaryKatesPillStash 9 years, 9 months ago

I would like to point out that my old roommate, who was also carrying a firearm at the time, was also busted in this state for selling cocaine (but not crack) within 1000 feet of a school. His sentence? 100 hours of community service, and 2 years of house arrest.Selling drugs near a school is just stupid, but, can someone tell me...what difference does the baking soda really make? True, I don't know how much coke he had on him, or what his maximum sentence could have been, but I am pretty sure it wasn't going to be 40 in the pen.

woodenfleaeater 9 years, 9 months ago

Crack??? Oh, crack cocaine. At first I thought he was arrested for pimping.

Bladerunner 9 years, 9 months ago

Not now...without the little fish...there would be no big fish. Remember...Third arrest. Get it? Some people never learn. Evidently are one of them.

jayhawkerincali 9 years, 9 months ago

Greeeeeat, so this guy has kid(s). Can't wait until they are old enough to start joining gangs, dealing drugs, and spawning deliquents of their own before they are legally allowed to vote.

jakeoliver84 9 years, 9 months ago

This is a bad deal. I hate the fact that people want to take this kind of a risk. Life is not something to gamble with. He was selling poison to the community, and our tax dollars will pay for him to sit in prison for around 40 years.

bad_dog 9 years, 9 months ago

"I wonder if the gun was a BB gun ?" Hmm, I wonder if he bought it at Yellow House?It was probably just baking soda and he was actually 1010 feet from the school anyway. Damn cops...

nana 9 years, 9 months ago

The reason why crack cocaine and cocaine sentencing are different really has a lot to do with the fact that most people who are caught in possesion of cocaine are white individuals where as most people who get caught with crack are black. This isn't really about a white/black thing, but if you do a little research, evidence shows that it is. You can have a white person with 5 grams of cocaine and have a black person with 5 grams of crack, guess who will be doing more time? You guess right, the black person. It makes no sense to charge one person with a longer sentence than the other when they have drugs of the equal amount, regardless of what type. They are both one in the same. But anyway, here is a link on how they sentence people for these drug possessions. It is very discrimminating. And I believe that they are now trying to develop a better guidline for sentencing because the underlying factor is that race does have a major part to do with it..

Tony Kisner 9 years, 9 months ago

So I guess anyone expecting Rod and his better half for a dinner party this weekend may need to add another couple?

Chris Ogle 9 years, 9 months ago

Crack ruins lives. I have seen friends change from being honest, happy, and healthy..... then slowly change into a different person who is consumed by getting more crack the easiest way they can. It is not fun to watch.... trust me. REHAB works.... If you have a substance abuse problem... help is available, but you have to want the help...

bigboy77 9 years, 9 months ago

It's a shame that people have to sell drugs to survive. I know a family drug trafficing operation inculding cousins and etc. They are selling there drugs out of their grandma's house at 438 Illinois. The drug dealers are olny two blocks from Pinckney Elementary School. One particular individual lives at 438 Illinois with his girlfriend and child. He shot a gun in front of his grandmas house at another person. His girlfriend and his child were in the home when this incident happened. Then later on he gets stopped by the police and then he decides to drive all the way home. The police checks his drivers license and found that he had a revoked license, and he also found drugs in the vehicle. His girlfriend was in the car at the time when this happened no telling were the baby was at?. The man went to jail for revoke license and drugs. I forgot to mention that he was on community corrections the whole time. It seems like to me you want to find a drug dealler go to your nearest school.

whitePEOPLEareAWESOME 9 years, 9 months ago

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whitePEOPLEareAWESOME 9 years, 9 months ago

where do ya'll live? i'm just sayin this is not goin to stop. what happens when people can't get high? what do you do when you're hungry? you eat, taking rick off the streets doesn't do anybody else a favor. is gas not the same price as your firstborn? we need to concern ourselves with somethin more relevant. why are ya'll actin like this wasn't goin on in good ol lawrence kansas? ya'll try to act like there's nothin here but this damm campus. ya'll need to quit playin ya'll selves. you know how hard it is to get a job here in this town with a felony? if you're not a college student in this town you're basically useless. can't work fast food cuz of the mexicans. (no disrespect cuz ya'll have hella hustle) or you gotta be like 15. we are in control of our own destiny but sometimes we feel like we have nothin left to choose from but somethin negetive. selling drugs sucks, its horrible. but the reality of it is that they are goin to get it from somewhere? how many die or get hurt from the result of somebody leaving quinton's on tuesday as opposed of some deranged crack head outside of walmart? get real people.... what are you really mad at. who are you really addressing, its too easy to point fingers. and what sucks the most about it is that, rick was probably set up by someone who he sold to. and the fact is, that person is probably thinking about how to get high, right now. as a free man/woman. and they were probably white. haha.

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