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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant sentenced in pocket dial case

  • One of the men who was arrested for drug crimes after Leavenworth police received an accidental 911 call has been sentenced to six years in prison.
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  • One of the men who was arrested for drug crimes after Leavenworth police received an accidental 911 call has been sentenced to six years in prison.
    Jesus D. Santos, 26, Leavenworth, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for one count of attempted distribution of cocaine. But he also will have to serve an additional four years in prison for having his probation revoked in three previous cases.
    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.
    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.
    Last month, Santos pleaded no contest to the attempted distribution charge as part of a plea agreement in the case.
    When given the opportunity to speak during Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Santos indicated he didn't wish to say anything.
    The two-year sentence he received for the attempted distribution charge was considered the standard sentence under state sentencing guidelines.
    Based of the conviction in this case, District Judge Gunnar Sundby found that Santos had violated the terms of his probation in three drugs cases from 2010. The judge ordered that Santos serve the underlying sentences in these cases, which total four years.
    The two-year sentence Santos received Wednesday will run consecutive to the four years he will have to serve for the earlier cases.
    In September, 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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