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Lawrence man sentenced to serve 235 months in federal prison for cocaine dealing

December 1, 2009


A federal judge has sentenced a 36-year-old Lawrence man to serve nearly 20 years in prison for his role in a cocaine and crack cocaine distributing ring that operated from 2000 to 2006.

Shaune Frazier, 36, had pleaded guilty in 2007 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine from 2000 to 2006. Frazier admitted that he and co-defendant Gerald Dunn headed the trafficking organization in Lawrence.

According to Interim U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch’s office, the two men distributed crack from apartments in Lawrence, including in the 400 block of Wisconsin Street, the 2400 block of Alabama Street and the 500 block of California Street.

Prosecutors said by 2003 the two men were responsible for distributing one kilogram of crack cocaine a month. They relied on co-defendants to distribute the drugs.

Dunn is set for sentencing in January in U.S. District Court in Missouri. Nine other co-defendants have also been convicted in the case.

U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum ordered Frazier to serve a 235-month sentence on Monday and to be taken into custody by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.


Steve Jacob 8 years ago

Just asking, why if your are in your mid 30's do you take a plea that put you in jail for 20 years? Are you really going to get more time? What kind of life do you get getting out at 56? I'd roll the dice at that point. But then again, he already served two years.

Just think if every person arrested from now on wanted a jury trial, it would crash the whole judicial system.

Stuart Evans 8 years ago

I have to wonder why drug crimes warrant such harsh penalties. while rapists, molesters, and murderers are able to get out in 5-10.

take the crime out of drugs and you make a lot more room for violent criminals, while shutting off funding for cartels. surely these guys would be a lot better to society if they weren't costing us $30k/yr. for the next 20 years. and when he does get out, he's going to have a whole new group of friends and some brand new crime trade skills.

lgreen17 8 years ago

Once again, our elected District Attorney sends a case to the Feds - where he really wants to work - rather than prosecuting it himself.

The reason someone takes a plea is that they are promised they will go lightly on them...but of course they don't and they end up with 20 years, for selling people something they want. Notice this isn't a violent crime.

Charles Branson should be ashamed of himself, but of course he's polishing his nail instead.

Morganna 8 years ago

The Feds don't play - if he took a plea he got a good deal. If he had taken it to trial he would have gotten 30 plus. I know this because a friend of mine went to Federal trial and got 30 years when she could have made a deal for 5. She swore she was innocent and would be released. Not so - 30 years - WOW - and she did not kill anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!!!!

MyName 8 years ago

I'm confused, this guy has been selling crack throughout the tenure of 3 DAs, and somehow you all are flaming the newest guy for sending it to Federal court where, from what I understand, it belongs because the penalties are harsher?

I dunno, sometimes the posters on these forums baffle me.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

careful Smitty, you'll be labeled a right wing nut, Judge Nopalitano is close confederate with Glenn Beck, often fills in for him on Beck's TV show.

JudgeN is often correct in what he says.

OutlawJHawk 8 years ago

Smitty--you are right on. Our Injustice system is ridiculous, mainly on the Federal level. Get the federal courts out of our states and let crimes by tried locally. No local jury or judge would push this harsh of a sentence. The Fed's need to feed the BOP...and they feed on all of us, especially the marginalized.

Isn't it great that we live in supposedly the land of the free, yet have a larger percentage of our population incarcerated than any other country in the world...

Our founding fathers would vomit at the sight of the tyranny imposed by our overpowerful bloated federal government and its joke of a "Justice" system. They would probably have Paul Revere ride through the countryside yelling at us to arm ourselves and prepare for a revolutionary war to overthrow our new king, the federal governement.

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

WOW!!! They guy who set fire to Boardwalk got 10 years, took 3 lives, injured many others and left countless people homeless. These guys get 235 years for selling crack to crackheads. Maybe the DEA should concentrate more on how this crap gets into the country in the first place. I'm against crack dealers, but I think our judicial system should re-arrange it's priorities.

sandrat7 8 years ago

grammadaddy 235 MONTHS, not years.

Iwanttosaythis 8 years ago

where can i get some and have a sniffing of a good time

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

sandrat7- I knew that, my bad. Still..

ksdivakat 8 years ago

gramm.....who do you think brought it here in the first place?? Who had the means, money, and transportation to get it in here?? Answer: Our Government, thats who, and then 30-40 years later, we have a problem here with it. This pi$$es me off as well, I still think about the story in here a few years ago, where the old man had sodomized a 3 y/o girl and got 3 yrs probation! but we are sending pot smokers to prison all in the name of a drug war that the Government started in the first place!

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