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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth woman pleads to multiple drug charges

  • A Leavenworth woman has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of drug possession and endangering a child, a prosecution official said.
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  • A Leavenworth woman has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of drug possession and endangering a child, a prosecution official said.
    Leah Anne Argersinger, 27 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court to possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. She also pleaded guilty to aggravated child endangerment, County Attorney Todd Thompson said.
    The judge ordered sentencing for Sept. 10.
    On May 15, 2013, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant for a firearm at a residence located on Fifth Avenue in Leavenworth. In the residence, deputies found Robert Jefferson III, Argersinger and a boy. The 2-year-old boy was determined to be the son of Argersinger.
    During the search for the firearm, a green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana was found. The search stopped and a second search warrant was obtained, Thompson said.
    The search of the residence began again once the second warrant was signed. Inside of the residence, officers found more than $13,000 in cash, roughly 10.5 pounds of what was believed to be marijuana packaged for sales, a large variety of pills and a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Officers also found scales, multiple boxes of baggies and a food saver vacuum sealing system used for the packaging of products. No drug tax stamp was found.
    Items were sent to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation lab for testing. The lab concluded there were 139 oxycodone pills, 40 hydrocodone pills, 0.20 grams of methamphetamine and 5,232 grams of marijuana., Thompson said.
    The residence was about 300 feet from the Nettie Hartnett school building.
    Argersinger reportedly acknowledged her part in the distribution of drugs while interviewed by law enforcement officers.
    Argersinger was formally charged in October 2014. She posted a $25,000 bond. While free on bond, another search warrant was served at her residence.
    The warrant was executed Nov. 22, 2013, at a residence on 10th Street in Leavenworth. A substance believed to be methamphetamine was found in a toy police car despite Argersinger’s reported attempts to hide the toy car, Thompson said.
    Her son lived in the residence with her and her boyfriend, Robert Jefferson III.
    Again, scales, baggies and a food saver vacuum sealing system were taken among other paraphernalia items. No drug tax stamp was located.
    The suspected methamphetamine was sent to the KBI for testing. It was determined to be methamphetamine, weighing approximately 12.15 grams.
    Jefferson previously pleaded guilty to possession with the intent distribute oxycodone within a 1,000 feet of a school, possession to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, aggravated endangering a child and no drug tax stamp. He is serving 18.5 years for these crimes, Thompson said.
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