Three Lawrence men indicted, following raid, for alleged involvement in meth trafficking

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has indicted three Lawrence men for allegedly taking part in methamphetamine trafficking after a recent raid at a home east of Lawrence.

After interim U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch’s office presented evidence Thursday, grand jurors charged Donald Milton Steele and Randy J. Dyke, both 50, and Anthony Wayne Sims, 57, with one count each of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to court records. Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred from Dec. 20, 2009, until Feb. 17.

Their arrests Feb. 17 were in connection with a raid at 1706 N. 1500 Road, Steele’s residence and business, All Seasons Tree Service.

A federal magistrate judge on Tuesday agreed to release Sims on $25,000 bond. Steele and Dyke have been remanded to federal custody. The three men face an arraignment at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan.

According to the indictment, the defendants, if convicted, face at least 10 years to life in prison.