Jury Still Out on Success of Miller's Lawrence Raid By LEW FERGUSON Associated Press Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - It has been nearly four months since Kansas Ally. Gen. Vern Miller' led his celebrated drug raid oil Lawrence, and the jury still is out as to its success. Of the 33 young people arrested during the raids in the e-arly morning hours of Feb. 26, when Miller and 150 officers swooped into this university city and began serving search and arrest warrants, only eight cases have been completed, and not one case has yet been tried to its conclusion by a jury. The box score; on the 33 arrested reads: Six persons have pleaded guilty to drug charges—either possession, attempt to sell or selling; two oases have been dismissed in court; three persons broke bond by failure to appear for preliminary hearings and are sought on bench warrants; one case was transferred to another ..county, where the person was wanted; six cases still are in preliminary stages in county or district court, and 15 oases have been set far jury trial this fall. The 15 oases which come to trial in the fall—*hey are on the Douglas County District Court docket from Sept. '1. through Nov. 18—will tell the tale on what kind of evidence Miller and his men were able to obtain against the defendants before and during the raids. Two of those arrested by Miller's raiders Feb. 26 pleaded guilty in district court. Lance Edward Hill, 20, who was free on bond on a federal charge of conspiracy to sell marijuana at the time he was picked up in the raid, pieaded guilty and was sentenced to 1-5 years hi prison. David Allen Fork, 21, who had been charged with posses- sion and sale of dings when arrested, pleaded guilty last Monday to a charge of attempt to sell marijuana. His sentencing is scheduled next week. The jury had been selected and Fork's trial set to start when his attorney entered the guilty plea to the lesser charge. ' No charges against any of the 15 others who were bound over for district, court trials have been reduced, said Mike Elwell, Douglas County attorney. Others who have pleaded guilty in county count, records show, are Raymond Neal Hoffman, 21; Catherine Ann Hooper, 19; Billy Dean Hooper, 19, HOUSE COMMITTEE TO ROLL ACROSS COUNTRY Freight Car Probers Are Ready WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Barley O. 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Charges against a 19-yeaivold girl also were dismissed in county court, because drug possession could not be proved in her case. The first case set for district court trial on Sept. 1 is that of Robert Normand Olnantal, .19, who was charged on Feb. 26 with three counts of sale of hashish. Controversy over what drugs MiUer's men confiscated on the raid was clairified by Jack Williams, who directs the Kansas Bureau of Investigation unit which makes chemical analysis on. drugs. Williams s>aid the raid netted marijuana, hashish, amphetamines, MCA—which is amphe- tames with additives—pheno- barbetal, daa-von and > morphine—one of the ingredients of opium, .as is codeine. Heroin was invented as a way to cure morphine addiction, but has become a more popular drug than . morphine among users. The raid netted no heroin or LSD, said Williams. Prosecution of the drag cases by Elwell and his staff has brought a charge from some members of Lawrence's street community that its political leaders are being persecuted. John Maa-aniore, who represented the street community on the steering committee for Lawrence's police-comrmmity relations program recently concluded, called Lance Hill's prosecution! "purely a political move on the party of the county attorney. "I'm convinced that they put Body of Missourian Is Found in Wreckage MARSHALL JUNCTION, Mo. (AP) _ The body of a Nelson, Mo., man was found Sunday in his wrecked truck on the bank of the Bladcwater Rover just •west of Marshall Junction on Intel-state Highway 70. Authorities siay *tihie vtetim, Everett E. BarteU, was apparently kited sometime early Friday morning when his truck ran off the highway between two'bridges. Barbel was a contract carrier for the' Kansas City, Star operating out of .BoonvMe, Mo. Authorities were notified by Barters son, William . B>airtel" of Boonville, when his father sitll was miissdnig Friday afternoon. ' Enzymes are chemicals, spe* cifically proteins, . that are found in all living matter. Lance in jail because he's a leader," Naramore charged "The" same thing is truo o£ Randy Gould. They're picking off the leaders. "Lance wanted to take a jury trial, but he was threatened with a possession trial." Hill pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to sell majirjuana. ElweJl said he will "let the facts speak" for him. Hill had pleaded guilty in federal court at Kansas City, Kan., to a charge of conspiracy to sell marijuana," Elwell said. "Fifty kilos of marijuana ^ya.s recovered in that case. I think there was to be 100 kilos sold, and the amount involved was something like $5,000. "He was sentenced on that charge, but was out on 'bond on the federal charge. Then he was picked up in Miller's raid. When he came xip in .Douglas County Court, he was a felon at ttot point. He pleaded guilty to the Douglas County charge and got"-1'to 5 years. "I'm sure Mr. Mara/more would like to say this was a club held over Mr. Hill's head. But it's a defense attorney's obligation to explain this to his client; it's his obligation to explain to his client where he sits regarding his situation. I'm sure this is what was done." Randy Gould, Elwell said, was convicted by a /jury of destroying property at the Uni- Poqe 2 Garden City Monday, June 21, 1971 versity of Kansas military science building in the spring of 1970 and is serving a six-month term in the county jail. Gould was not involved in a drug case. Miller calls the . accusation that the drug arrests wera political "ridiculous." "We didn't know who they were," the attorney general said. "That's just another .argument they use to say they are persecuted. "Of course,, it is up to the juries to decide the cases on the basis of the evidence. We haven't lost a single case so far." 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