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Indictment: Downtown store was front for dealing crack

February 15, 2007

Two Leavenworth men are being held pending trial on federal charges of trafficking in crack cocaine at a downtown Leavenworth business.

Eric Melgren, the U.S. attorney for Kansas, announced Monday that Joshua D. Hunt, 32, and James Z. Henry, 24, were indicted for selling crack from Oct. 31, 2006, to Dec. 5, 2006, out of Exotic Sensations at 702 Cherokee St.

The two appeared Monday before U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas City, Kan. She ordered both men be detained.

Melgren said a federal indictment handed up Feb. 1 charged Hunt and Henry together with:

¢ One count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

¢ Two counts of distributing a detectable amount of crack cocaine.

¢ Two counts of distributing 5 grams or more of crack cocaine.

In addition, Hunt was charged with:

¢ Two counts of distributing 5 grams or more of crack cocaine.

¢ One count of maintaining a business for the purpose of distributing crack cocaine.

Conviction on the conspiracy charge carries a sentence of not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million.

Conviction on the detectable distribution charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million; conviction on distributing 5 grams or more of crack carries a sentence of not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million.

A conviction on maintaining a business for drug trafficking carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000.

Melgren's office said the Leavenworth Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead is prosecuting.

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