A Syracuse man charged with possessing three pounds of cocaine pleaded not guilty Tuesday in 2nd District Court to four felony drug charges and a separate charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Judge Rodney S. Page scheduled a Sept. 21 trial for Lane C. Stromberg, 35, 1487 S. 1250 West, on the drug charges and an Oct. 12 trial on the unlawful sexual intercourse charge.A search of Stromberg's home May 20 yielded three pounds of cocaine and some marijuana, said Layton Police Chief Doyle Talbot, head of the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force. He estimated its street value at $250,000 and said it is the largest cocaine seizure in the county's history.
Stromberg is charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, both first-degree felonies because his home is within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.
He is also charged with two counts of not having Utah state tax stamps on the cocaine and marijuana, both third-degree felonies.
The separate third-degree felony unlawful sexual intercourse charge involves a female under 16, according to court records, and allegedly occurred during March of this year in his home.
A first-degree felony carries a prison term of five years to life and third-degree felonies carry zero-to-five-year prison terms.
A prosecutor in the Davis County attorney's office said that while Syracuse police were investigating the unlawful sexual intercourse charge during a search of Stromberg's house on May 20, they discovered the marijuana and cocaine.