Crime & Courts

Wichita case worker won't counsel teens while awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges

A Wichita case worker who was one of 18 people indicted last week on drug-trafficking charges has agreed not to counsel youths while awaiting trial.

Henry Brooks, 37, was employed at Ozanam Pathways of Wichita, a private nonprofit program that helps young people 16 to 23 through counseling and transitional living programs.

He was one of 18 people named in a 107-count indictment that accuses them of being involved in a drug trafficking ring that had ties to Mexico.

Brooks is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Prosecutors are seeking a judgment against him of at least $1,200 — the amount of proceeds he allegedly obtained as a result of the offenses.

A source identified Brooks as a case manager for Ozanam. Workers at the organization's Wichita office and at its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., referred questions about Brooks' employment status to program director Dorothy Loyd.

Loyd did not respond to phone and e-mail messages left on Wednesday and Thursday.

Brooks' lawyer, Jay Greeno, said his client agreed during a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court not to work with youths while he is awaiting trial. He was released on $50,000 bond after the hearing.

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