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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Plea in drug case

  • One of the men who was arrested for alleged drug crimes after Leavenworth police received an accidental 911 call has pleaded no contest.
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  • One of the men who was arrested for alleged drug crimes after Leavenworth police received an accidental 911 call has pleaded no contest.
    Jesus D. Santos, 26, Leavenworth, entered the plea Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court. He pleaded no contest to one count of attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
    Santos was arrested March 1 after Leavenworth police received a 911 call.
    The dispatcher could hear what sounded like two people arguing. Police were able to locate the source of the call and met with Santos and Jesus E. Suarez in the 100 block of South Seventh Street. As they were preparing to leave the scene, police officers found what they believed to be crack cocaine in individually wrapped bags. The suspected crack cocaine was under the bumper of a car Santos and Suarez had been in when officers arrived, according to Assistant County Attorney Joan Lowdon, who prosecuted the case.
    She said the suspected drug tested positive for cocaine. The drugs totaled more than 8 grams.
    It's believed the 911 call was dialed by accident on a cell phone belonging to Suarez. The call has been referred to as a pocket dial call.
    Santos had faced other charges in the case, but he entered the plea to an amended charge Wednesday as part of an agreement reached with the prosecution.
    Santos' attorney, Gregory Robinson, said he believes that, under state sentencing guidelines, his client is facing about a two-year prison sentence. And Robinson indicated Santos could face an additional four years in prison for revocation of probation in earlier cases.
    Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 28. Lowdon asked that Santos' three pending revocation cases also be placed on the docket for that date.
    "I think we would like to resolve all four cases," she said.
    Last month, Suarez was sentenced to more than 14 years for crimes related to the March 1 incident. He pleaded guilty in August to several drug charges.

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