Archive for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

57-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty in federal court meth case

October 26, 2010, 5:07 p.m. Updated October 26, 2010, 5:13 p.m.


A 57-year-old Lawrence man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a drug charge in connection with a February bust authorities made at a house east of Lawrence.

In his plea agreement, Anthony Wayne Sims admitted he provided an undercover federal officer with chemicals commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. During a three-month period beginning in November 2009, officers investigated those involved in the ring, according to federal court records.

Sims is one of five people charged the case. He has pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally manufacturing, distributing and possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and to distribute hydrocodone, methadone and marijuana, all of which are controlled substances.

The other defendants — who face either drug or counterfeit charges — are Donald Milton Steele, 51, Randy Jay Dyke, 50, and Kimberly M. Cline, 43, all of Lawrence; and Robert D. Billinger, 34, of Kimberling, Mo.

The plea says on Feb. 2, Sims, Dyke and Billinger provided chemicals that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine from Steele’s vehicle to the undercover officer in the case.

In February, law enforcement officials conducted a two-day raid at Steele’s residence, 1706 N. 1500 Road. The property was also home to All Seasons Tree Service, a business Steele owned. The property, which Steele’s family sold after the raid, contained dozens of old cars and trucks.

Prosecutors also allege Steele leased a house he owned in Topeka to other people for making counterfeit money. Once Sims was arrested, according to the plea, he admitted to going to the Topeka residence with Dyke, intending to pick up methamphetamine and counterfeit currency. He alleged it was on orders from Steele.

In exchange for the plea, federal prosecutors have agreed to not file any additional charges in the case against Sims and will recommend a sentence on the low end of the range of sentencing guidelines.

Sims, who remains free on bond, agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the case, including any testimony against other defendants. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13 by U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum in Kansas City, Kan.

The other defendants in the case are scheduled to appear in court Dec. 20.


Stuart Evans 7 years, 5 months ago

this can't be true; wasn't his family on here screaming about his innocence?

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 5 months ago

The first to talk always walks. Mr. Steele will be lucky to see the light side of a prison wall as long as he lives. So much for innocence, looks like the Feds now have a wittness.

RoeDapple 7 years, 5 months ago

You people don't know nothin' about him and he's a good man and . . . and . . . Wait. . He plead guilty? . . . nevermind . . . .

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

We'll see what the undercover officer has to say...

kansanbygrace 7 years, 5 months ago

We've got kidnappings and rapes and murders and corruption and a 10 trillion dollar national debt, The State of Kansas is about broke, we can't find the money for education, or to repair the 100-yr-old sewer, and it took the Secret Service, the FBI, the Federal Marshals, the DEA, the KBI, the County Sheriff and staff, several helicopters, dozens of Star Wars vehicles, to arrest these guys for putting some of the chemicals that can be used to make meth in a deputy's car? The perspective is startling.
Figured all those 3-letter agencies could get a little better bang out of their buck. Or maybe the story's not exactly like it's told.

gccs14r 7 years, 5 months ago

Keeping hundreds of lives from being ruined by meth by taking a big lab offline is worth the effort of law enforcement.

I have to say that I never saw the appeal of ingesting a blend of Drano, ammonia, and Sudafed to make yourself a toothless insane sack of bones.

Amy Heeter 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm curious as to who would buy the house. For sure is wasn't a premium property. There is a little history associated with the land but if there was a meth lab on location the chemical danger is too real.

kansanbygrace 7 years, 4 months ago

I know the people who bought the property. I've helped them inspect it. There was no meth lab there, there are no chemical remnants there.
I think the LJW report said that the chemicals that were transferred to the deputy were transferred in Topeka.
Learning more has led me to question the completeness and accuracy of the information offered.

lgreen17 7 years, 4 months ago

Well, thank goodness they arrested these guys, gave them to the feds to prosecute (because Branson doesn't know where the courthouse is), and now the city is meth-free! All those cops working overtime was sooooo worth it!

I'm just wondering when they are going to start prosecuting the people who are ripping off all my neighbors in north lawrence??

been_there 7 years, 4 months ago

ummm, Laura, they don't prosecute thieves here, they don't consider it worth their time nor does it get sensation press coverage.

think_about_it 7 years, 4 months ago

Where's all of the drug legalization crowd?

otto 7 years, 4 months ago

Hide your girlfriends, hide your wives, hide your husbands too.

Shane Powers 7 years, 4 months ago

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BruceWayne 7 years, 4 months ago

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Shane Powers 7 years, 4 months ago

lol look at all the comments that had to be removed, LJW must not be a fan of Antoine Dotson. These things weren't too bad for the original news program to edit, string together, and air...

SDyke85 7 years ago

To everyone wondering why the family stopped commenting...we are still here supporting our dad however we wanted to let all of you know our dad is home safe and sound

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