A federal judge on Friday denied a motion to reconsider the detention order for a Lawrence man accused of participating in methamphetamine trafficking.
A defense attorney for Donald M. Steele, 50, had asked U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum to release Steele on bond as he awaits trial.
But prosecutors argued Steele was a flight risk if he was released on bond. Lungstrum denied the defense motion.
Steele, 50, and two other Lawrence men — Randy J. Dyke, 50, and Anthony Wayne Sims, 57 — each face one federal count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from Dec. 20, 2009, until Feb. 17. Sims is the only defendant in the case currently out on $25,000 bond.
The three men were arrested in connection with a raid at 1706 N. 1500 Road, which also housed Steele’s business, All Seasons Tree Service.