BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Local attorney Chris Meek on Friday in U.S. District Court in Wichita pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of the prescription painkiller hydrocodone.
Felony drug charges filed against him by the U.S. attorney's office
will be dismissed when Meek
is sentenced on May 16, according to the plea agreement on file in federal court.
The agreement also states that the prosecution will recommend a sentence at the low end of the guidelines at the time.
Meek is a former Cherokee County attorney, serving as county prosecutor from January 1985 to January 1989.
has served in Europe on the defense teams of two accused war criminals from the former Yugoslavia.
A federal grand jury in October handed up an indictment accusing Meek
of felony aiding and abetting the manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a premises for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana on March 14, 2006.
The misdemeanor charge of possession of hydrocodone was based on a Sept. 1, 2009, incident.
According to court documents, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
in 2008 recruited as a confidential informant a woman who had hired Meek
in a child-custody matter.
The informant reportedly had told agents that she
had provided Meek
with prescription drugs instead of payment for his
on Sept. 1, 2009, provided the informant with hydrocodone for a scheduled appointment with Meek
Baxter Springs office.
Court documents state that when Meek
asked the informant if she
had "any good medicine," the informant gave the pill bottle to Meek
placed it in a desk drawer.
was arrested after the informant left the building.
acknowledged in the plea agreement that he
possessed 25 hydrocodone tablets without a prescription.
The 2006 charges related to a house belonging to Meek
in rural Galena, where Kenneth Endicott was growing marijuana.
Federal agents made efforts at the time to determine whether Meek
had any knowledge of Endicott's activity.
Meek's attorney, Billy Rork, said the possibility that Meek could keep his law license wasn't a consideration in making the plea.
said in the plea agreement he
would cooperate with investigators with the disciplinary board.
Local attorney Chris Meek on Friday in U.S. District Court in Wichita pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of the prescription painkiller hydrocodone.
Baxter Springs attorney Chris Meek today pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Wichita, to a misdemeanor charge of possession of hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller.