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Allen Standish faces federal gun charge
Machine gun, silencers, drugs found on his property
Allen Standish
Allen E. Standish

WICHITA – A federal judge in Wichita Thursday unsealed a complaint charging Allen E. Standish of rural Stafford County with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances, said Jim Cross, public information officer for U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister in the District of Kansas.

Federal agents took custody of Allen E. Standish on Thursday. He had been held in the Barton County Jail since Oct. 27, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. 

According to the complaint, Allen E. Standish reported his finding of his father deceased on the morning of Oct. 13 to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. SCSO officers responded to the residence at 898 NW l60th Ave., St. John, where an officer found Robert E. Standish deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. On Oct. 24, Barton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. David Paden, who is also a Stafford County reserve deputy, was asked to assist in the investigation into the suspicious death of Robert E. Standish. Paden reviewed reports previously prepared by the SCSO and developed a list of contacts who might have information relevant to the case, and interviewed them. 

These individuals disclosed cellular telephone calls and text messaging to and from Allen E. Standish that were potentially relevant to the investigation. Paden was granted a search warrant for the phone and identified multiple items of concern, specifically concerns about Allen Standish’s mental state, recklessness, various states of narcotics use and his use and possession of multiple illegal firearms.

On Oct. 25, Paden obtained a search warrant for Allen E. Standish home at 1331 NW 80th Avenue, St. John. This search warrant was executed on Oct. 27, and it netted approximately 89 firearms, including one modified into a machine gun, silencers, short-barreled rifles and a short-barreled shotgun. One silencer, having no markings, was found inside his 2009 Corvette parked in the driveway along with ammunition, and marijuana and paraphernalia.

Searches of the house produced at least 10 separate containers of marijuana inside both the residence and detached garage and shop on the property. There were also numerous drug paraphernalia items found in both of these locations, including bongs, rolling papers, grinders and other storage containers for narcotics.

Narcotics seized and now submitted to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for testing include approximately 25 grams of suspected marijuana, less than a gram of a crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and another granular substance that field tested positive for either heroin or morphine. These items were found in the main residence, the trap house and inside the garage/shop.

The complaint notes that Allen E. Standish admitted to authorities that he was an avid marijuana user. An interview with his previous girlfriend indicated he manufactured machine guns and silencers in his garage, including a Spike’s Tactical, model ST15, multi-caliber, rifle which had modified to function as a machine gun.

The penalty for conviction of that offense could be up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.