Archive for Friday, April 30, 2010

Federal officials broaden investigation into meth ring

The three individuals charged for methamphetamine trafficking are pictured above. Randy Dyke, Donald Steele and Anthony Sims were charged by authorities following a raid of a residence east of Lawrence.

The three individuals charged for methamphetamine trafficking are pictured above. Randy Dyke, Donald Steele and Anthony Sims were charged by authorities following a raid of a residence east of Lawrence.

April 30, 2010


Federal officials this week significantly broadened a drug trafficking case filed against three Lawrence men in February.

Authorities now allege that one of the men was at the center of a counterfeiting, identity theft and drug distribution ring.

Meth investigation expanded

An investigation that started in East Lawrence has expanded from three arrested to five, with charges ranging from producing counterfeit money, identity theft and intent to distribute meth. Enlarge video

In a new indictment, filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., prosecutors added two defendants and more charges against the original three defendants.

These five people now face charges: Donald Milton Steele, 51, Randy Jay Dyke, 50, Anthony Wayne Sims, 57, and Kimberly M. Cline, 43, all of Lawrence; and Robert D. Billinger, 34, Kimberling, Mo.

The indictment, which was unsealed this week, alleges that Steele developed a plan last December to pay for a large shipment of marijuana with counterfeit money.

The wide-ranging, 13-count indictment also alleges:

• Steele leased a house he owned in Topeka to other people for making counterfeit money.

• Steele and Cline and others obtained stolen identification documents, credit cards and checkbooks. And Steele, Dyke and others obtained printers and a laptop computer to make the counterfeit money.

• In February, Steele directed Dyke and Sims to retrieve $10,000 in counterfeit cash from the residence in Topeka. Also that month, Dyke passed a counterfeit bill at Harper Corner Square Liquor in Lawrence.

• Steele and Cline provided a stolen Kansas identity card and stolen checkbooks to another person to purchase goods, including a truck.

• Steele, Dyke, Sims and Billinger conspired to manufacture and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and to distribute hydrocodone, methadone and marijuana.

Steele, Dyke and Sims initially were charged with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, federal prosecutors said.

In February, officials conducted a two-day raid at Steele’s residence, 1706 N. 1500 Road. The property also was home to All Seasons Tree Service, a business owned by Steele.

The property, which Steele’s family sold after the raid, had contained dozens of old cars and trucks.


davidmcg 7 years, 12 months ago

Say bye-bye people. Now you get to meet Bubbas brother from the state house when they get you to the federal house. Ya'll are gone for 25 to life. Once the feds have ya, its over. If any of these 5 have any mental capacity at all, they better start cooperating with law enforcement if they ever want to be free again. I knew when this broke months ago that there had to be a deeper story involved. Counterfeit money? Thats brilliant. Nothing like having every local, county, state and federal law enforcement jurisdiction investigate you.

These five people, with their wide ranging activities sure made it clear that they wanted as many of us to be victims of their activity as possible. Trafficking in drugs wasn't enough. They had to play with the money supply as well. I hope they got a good look at the outside world and real money because they will never see it again hopefully.

shirinisb 7 years, 12 months ago

Woah, all this AND they still found time to give back to thier community through rehabilitating ex-cons?!?! These people must have had some super-meth.

Scruggsy 7 years, 12 months ago

Wow... Breaking Bad could write a nice epsiode about this, but would probably not be realistic enough...

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 12 months ago

"Steele developed a plan last December to pay for a large shipment of marijuana with counterfeit money"

Death wish.

ssakcaj 7 years, 12 months ago

Death wish? Nah, every major drug supplier would get a big laugh out of getting paid with $10K in counterfeit money which would then bring the Feds down on them and their operation. What a chuckle they would get...

No, seriously OldEnuf is right. You can steal from dealers, short them, mix in oregano, whatever. You might get shot, or you might get a beating, but do something that will attract the Feds to them, and that will get you killed.

igby 7 years, 12 months ago They're calling your number at 6 am... Tooth brush and razor your only friend... Oatmeal for breakfast, Baloney for lunch... Sooner or later you be caught-up in a hump... Pray the Lords prayer hoping for a letter or call.... Dammed all the bastards that made you fall.... Blame it on the snitches blame it on your bitch.... Blame it on the dog you kicked when you were a kid... Hope the lessons learned but most likely not.... When you ever get out you'll soon or later get tossed in a box.

puddleglum 7 years, 12 months ago

uh, sorry yellow house, but the federal charges weren't for purchasing "equiptment". The federal charges were for producing counterfeit money.

try it. go print yourself some money and go buy a gallon of milk. see what happens.

puddleglum 7 years, 12 months ago

wow smitty! so what's your take on the counterfeit money printing charge?

LadyJ 7 years, 12 months ago

So I guess if they had stolen your checks and used them to buy that stuff and it came out of your bank account, it would be ok with you? Starting to think smitty is actually Yellow House too.

BruceWayne 7 years, 12 months ago

the auction happened so fast I thought the feds were putting it on. it appears "the family" knew additional chargesmight be coming. The LJW never does follow ups, so does anyone know how much was raised? pretty funny if someone paid for those junk cars with fake bills.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 12 months ago

Where's the families that were all claiming these people were innocent now?

Deja Coffin 7 years, 12 months ago

Read the past articles... you'll see I wasn't a jerk in any of those. Just posing a question. And you know, it's not nice to call names.

Graczyk 7 years, 12 months ago

I didn't call you a jerk. Just admonishing. (And now I'm just parsing words.) These guys were involved in some bad stuff, but they leave a wake of hurt behind them. Isn't it admirable, even if it is a little naive, for a family to defend one of its members?

Deja Coffin 7 years, 12 months ago

I guess it would be admirable to see them stand behind their loved one after everything is out in the open now but at the time I found it questionable to be on LJW fighting with other users and proclaiming their innocence. The mother who is now shown to be involved was one person that was repeatedly defended as an innocent person who had no clue what is going on. I just think that while yes, it's good to defend your family, friends, etc. you yourself should know the facts also. What is sad is that it just goes to show you never do know someone as well as you think.

greenworld 7 years, 12 months ago

What happened to the girl on here awhile ago on the previous article saying "my dad would never do anything like this he was to nice of a guy." So what did she dissappear or did she finally figure out and get a clue that her dad is a loser and reality must have finally sat in. HA

Graczyk 7 years, 12 months ago

Why are you gloating? Are you just happy that you're not the only one with felons for parents?

Zype 7 years, 12 months ago

People make mistakes. Some big, some small. That doesn't make them bad people. @greenworld: You seem awfully confident in talking s**t on other people that you clearly don't know.

WhiteDog 7 years, 12 months ago

Your definition of "mistake" must be radically different than mine.

Zype 7 years, 12 months ago

I'm not saying I think they didn't know what they were doing. They completely did. And I'm not saying that they're not bad people, I'm saying that we don't know who they are. We don't know if they're bad people or not. So we have no room to judge.

Mistakes can be something that you got yourself involved in, then realized afterwards that it was a dumb thing to do.

workerman 7 years, 12 months ago

These guys are small-time bozos. Dealers know what real money looks like. You might get by passing a bill or two in a dark bar or to some kid but unless you're reeeally good, you're risking your life. EVERY counterfeiting scheme uncovered brings in the Secret Service. They do not play. Too bad these stumble-bums were either too stupid or too whacked on crank to realize how ridiculous this all was. That place said "crazy crank-house" for years. Come on guys, low profile. If you don't sleep, bad things happen.

greenworld 7 years, 12 months ago

Doesnt take much to figure out that these guys are all losers. Talk crap or not I have been following the articles and know facts when they are reported. I just seemed like alot of people/family were trying to cover for these losers in the beginning and not a one seems to be swinging the bat for them now. Whats wrong the truth starting to hurt a little bit or what?? All good things must come to an end. I never have met ole Scooter but everyone I talked to said how nice of a guy he was. Well we will see if he is still smiling in the big house.

Grump 7 years, 12 months ago

Where are the posts by family members? I thought this was all just some big misunderstanding about grandpa's prescription drugs, or something.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 12 months ago

other posters and I, from the time this broke, had been pointing out that the Secret Service has two areas of responsibility, and Bill Clinton/Mr. Obama didn't need protectin' in the country east of Lawrence.

I am still wondering if even more is coming out in the future. now, a fourth suspect. now, counterfeiting confirmed.

I'm just glad these guys are going away for a long time.

"mistake?" yeah, riiight. it's called crime for a reason, they intended, they planned, they spent time involved in it, they hoped to profit from it. "mistake?" --not.

I am sorry for their families, as they are victims too. sadly those who defended them on here now have a big dose of reality.

dogsandcats 7 years, 12 months ago

Counterfeiting money to pay off a dealer? Just because you have what you think is a bright idea when you're passing the pipe, doesn't mean you should act on it.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 12 months ago

In a way it's almost better that these men were caught by the Feds instead of actually trying to pass on this fake money. Eventually the drug dealers would have figured it out and who knows what they would have done or who they would have hurt. At least with the Feds, their truly innocent family members are not in harms way.

Grump 7 years, 12 months ago

Parts of Lakeside Village are OK. Other parts are squalor of third-world magnitude.

Cooky_the_Cook 7 years, 12 months ago

I don't know who Smitty is, but I would bet a million dollars Smitty has been caught committing federal crimes... egotistical and delusional as well.

SDyke85 7 years, 1 month ago

everyone that wants to know why the family stopped posting well its not because we don't beieve in our dad ( Randy Dyke ) we just stopped playing stupid games with you people...We are currently sitting at home with our dad that we love very much and we pray for him everyday...

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