WACO (September 11, 2012)—Two men who were set to begin trial Monday in federal court charged with distribution of crack cocaine decided to plead guilty instead.
Judge Walter S. Smith accepted the guilty pleas and scheduled Marcus Rae Stephens and Adrian Scott McLendon for sentencing on Nov. 9.
Court documents introduced Monday say the two, along with Scotty Eugene Stephens and Roxie Stephens beginning in January 2010 conspired to both possess and distribute significant amounts of crack cocaine in and around Waco.
A Waco police Drug Enforcement Unit officer began investigating the ring in the summer of 2009 using a confidential informant to make controlled buys of the drugs.
Between January 2010 and January 1012, police were able to buy about 129 grams of crack cocaine using the confidential informant.
When police served search warrants at several locations in Waco, they were able to recover several rocks of crack cocaine, scales used to measure the drugs and $3,575 in U.S. Currency believed to be the proceeds of the sale of drugs.
At one of the raids a woman tried to escape through a front door but she was apprehended by Waco police SWAT officers.
Scotty Eugene Stephens has pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing on Sept. 26.
Roxie Stephens has pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing on Oct. 31.