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2 face charges in cocaine bust

Other men face lesser felony

drug charges

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Local authorities busted a cocaine-selling operation last week in Austin.

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Erick Fontain Thomas, a 25-year-old Austin man who allegedly led the operation, is charged in Mower District Court with a single felony count of first-degree drug crime and two counts of second-degree drug crime, all for a subsequent offense.

In June, Thomas left prison under supervised release after serving nearly three years for two prior felony convictions from Mower County.

Three years ago, Thomas was sentenced after a jury found him guilty of second-degree assault and third-degree drug crime for an incident in June 2004 in Austin.

The new criminal complaint alleges Thomas led a group involved in cocaine sales from Oct. 3 to last Friday in Austin.

Authorities used search warrants Friday at Thomas’ apartment at a complex at 107 First St. N.W. They found 11 grams of crack cocaine, more than 100 grams of marijuana, a large amount of money and drug paraphernalia.

A 5-year-old boy was found with two adults at one of the searched apartments.

Darrell Anthony Leaks, 51, of Austin, is charged in the case with two counts of second-degree drug crime and two counts of third-degree drug crime for allegedly selling cocaine this month to an informant for Austin police.

At one point, Leaks allegedly bragged to the informant about bringing $1,000 worth of business to his drug supplier during a weekend, the complaint says.

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Thomas, Leaks and several other men facing lesser felony drug charges in the case were expected to appear in court today.

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