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Lawrence man admits role as crack-cocaine courier


A Lawrence man has pleaded guilty to working as a courier in a local crack-cocaine dealing ring.James William Beltch, 37, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren's office announced today. Beltch admitted taking part in a drug trafficking conspiracy in Lawrence from March 2004 through April 2006. He named co-defendants Don Marcus Gibler, Aharlock Fixico, Branden Scott Walker, Carl Ray Roubison, Ryan Ezell Fowler, Lonnie Ray Teichmann, John Burke Holt, and Ryan Lavelle Green as others involved in the conspiracy.According to Melgren's office, Beltch admitted the following:¢ Gibler, Fixico and Walker obtained ounces of cocaine or cocaine base, which they distributed themselves or via others including Roubison, Fowler, Teichmann, Green and Beltch.¢ Roubison, Teichmann and Holt allowed Gibler, Fixico and Walker to use their residences to manufacture and distribute crack.¢Teichmann, Holt and Beltch allowed their residences to be used for drug trafficking or made deliveries of crack cocaine in return for personal use quantities of crack cocaine.In one instance, according to Melgren's office, Beltch was driving a vehicle that was stopped June 19, 2005, for a traffic violation, and Gibler was a passenger in the car. During a search, an officer found a cigarette pack with a plastic bag containing crack. Beltch told officers that Gibler had given him the cigarette pack containing crack and that he was to hold it for Gibler while they made deliveries. Belch also admitted taking Gibler to Kansas City on a number of occasions to obtain cocaine and crack.Belch is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 20. He faces at least 10 years up to life in prison, as well as a fine up to $4 million.The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the joint city-county Drug Enforcement Unit.


Kontum1972 11 years, 9 months ago

these idiots did...LoL! now they might do 80...years that is....LoL...!

Steve Jacob 11 years, 9 months ago

Police don't mess around with crack. He sold his team down the river and STILL get many years.

acousticcontrol 11 years, 9 months ago

The difference is people don't o.d. and die on marijuana. People don't rob you to get money to buy marijuana. Support people making their own decisions, not the government.

Bone777 11 years, 9 months ago

Jimbo Belch and JB Holt of the LHS class of 87 and 85. They both were always into some sort of mischief. Apparently, they graduated after high school and made new friends.

AlisonNicole 11 years, 8 months ago

Don is my brother, and karma will catch up with all you bad mouth talking idiots.

goodguy24 11 years, 8 months ago

Since when did the karma issue have any relevance? Don Marcus and his whole crew were responsible for taking people's money, ruining lives, and making lawrence a known cracktown. The point is that they are all going to do at least 5 years; after that, the decision is theirs whether to change their lives, and IT CAN BE DONE! - PERIOD

AlisonNicole 11 years, 4 months ago

Once again another idiot! You must think really highly of yourself.. Obviously not such a Good guy at all. Well i think really highly of my brother. Do you know what Karma IS? Or conspiracy?? look them up, dude.. Or are you a cop and already know????

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