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

  • A rural Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to multiple drug and obstruction charges, according to a prosecution official.
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  • A rural Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to multiple drug  and obstruction charges, according to a prosecution official.
    Chance Martell, 18, pleaded Friday in Leavenworth County District Court to five counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and six obstruction charges during what was his first court appearance, according to Assistant County Attorney Joan Lowdon.
    He reportedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant twice during May at his residence on 147th Street. Based on that information, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence. The warrant was executed May 24.
    While securing individuals inside the residence, officers found Martell in an upstairs bathroom, which was later determined to be next to his bedroom. He reportedly was attempting to flush pills and other evidence down the toilet. He was secured and the residence was searched, according to Lowdon.
    Inside Martell’s bedroom, officers found a variety of illegal substances and paraphernalia including multiple bags of pills, containers with marijuana and squares of a substance that was determined to be lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. Nearly $1,200 in cash was found in a box with pills and a 9 mm handgun. The handgun turned out to be stolen, according to Lowdon.
    The cash included five $20 bills that had been provided to a confidential information to purchase drugs.
    Martell was interviewed May 25. He admitted to selling a variety of substances and provided officers with information such as how much he paid for the items and how much he was selling them for. He stated he bought the handgun for “protection” and purchased it with proceeds from narcotic sales, according to Lowdon.
    Sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

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