A local man is headed for a springtime trial to have jurors determine his innocence or guilt related an allegation he sold a dangerous drug.

Darren L. Powell, 41, of Atchison, pleaded not guilty Dec. 13 in Atchison County District Court to multiple charges filed against in a complaint alleging the following felonies: possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school; possession of a drug-related paraphernalia with intent to distribute; use of a telecommunication facility in relation to the distribution of a controlled substance; and failure to obtain a drug tax tamp.

Powell’s trial date is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 in district court.

Powell’s plea and request for a jury trial came at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing Dec. 13 in Atchison County District Court.

Authorities from Atchison County Sheriff’s Office arrested Powell June 5 as the result of an undercover investigation in early February that centered on suspicions of drug activity in the 800 block of Central School within 1,000 feet of Central School. If convicted as charged, Powell potentially faces a maximum of more than 18 years in state prison.

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