The Weber County attorney's office is writing a policy on handling drug cases while appealing the federal court ruling that has prompted the office to start formalizing guidelines previously followed by the narcotics task force in filing charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Greene refused last month to sentence two Los Angeles men to federal minimum-mandatory prison sentences for selling cocaine in Ogden. Greene sentenced the pair to five years in prison instead of the 10 to 15 years recommended in the guidelines.Greene said he refused to go along with guidelines because there appeared to be no policy at either the federal or state level to designate which drug cases should be filed in state court, where sentences are more lenient, and which should be filed in federal court.

County Attorney Reed Richards said, "We'll try to comply with the ruling while it is on appeal."