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Lance Whitney gets 47 months for methamphetamines, felon with a weapon, and burglary

A 47-year old Leavenworth man was sentenced to 27 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine Friday morning in Leavenworth District Court.  He was also sentenced on three other cases involving residential burglaries and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.    Lance Derek Whitney appeared in court Friday morning with his attorney on four cases.  District Judge, Gunnar Sundby imposed sentences of 27 months for possession of methamphetamine, 27 months on each of two residential burglary cases, and 19 months for possessing a firearm with a felony conviction.  The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently with the Kansas Department of Corrections.   The methamphetamine case, one of the burglary cases and the firearm case occurred in May, 2013.    The other burglary case occurred some time between November, 2012 and January, 2013.  Whitney had been released on bond, but he was taken into custody following sentencing.

Robert J. Jefferson III pleas guity to several drug related offenses

Local Leavenworth man entered a guilty plea to eight felonies in front of the Leavenworth County District Court on Friday, January 31, 2014. Robert J. Jefferson III pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone within 1000 Feet of a School, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine within 1000 Feet of a School, Aggravated Endangering a Child, and No Drug Tax Stamp from an incident going back to May 15, 2013. In addition, Jefferson pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Use of a Communication Facility for Drug Transaction and No Drug Tax Stamp from an incident on November 22, 2013.

On May 15, 2013 the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, led by Detective Mark Doud executed a search warrant at the residence of Robert Jefferson III. When the search warrant was executed, officers found a drug dealers haven. Over 5,000 grams of Marijuana was found in the residence along with Methamphetamine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, other miscellaneous pills, and almost $14,000 of cash. All of which was within 1000 feet of Nettie Hartnett Elementary School. Multiple scales, boxes of baggies, and a food saver vacuum sealing system were also taken among other paraphernalia items. Jefferson’s girlfriends’ three year old son was living in the residence.

Jefferson made bond on the case. On November 22, 2013, another search warrant was executed on the residence of Jefferson and his girlfriend. Again, the warrant was executed by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, led by Detective Mark Doud. This time the main weight of drug found was Methamphetamine. The Methamphetamine was found in a toy police car. Again, scales, baggies and a food saver vacuum sealing system were taken among other paraphernalia items.

Jefferson is to be sentenced on the matters March 7, 2014 in front of the Honorable Judge Gunnar Sundby. The State is represented by Joan Lowdon. Joel Rook represents the defendant.