HOISINGTON — The Hoisington Police Department ended 2015 and started 2016 by executing search warrants for narcotics. Warrants served on three different residences resulted in multiple arrests over the last two weeks, and the seizure of suspected drugs and paraphernalia.
Capt. Josh Nickerson of the HPD released details Monday.
“None of the search warrants were connected in any way,” he said.
• At 11:18 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, officers searched 619 North Walnut St., where drugs and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found. A Great Bend Police Department K-9 unit assisted.
• On the evening of Dec. 31, around 9 p.m., they searched 610 E. 7th St. with assistance from GBPD K-9 handler Adam Hales. Seven adults and three juveniles were in the residence, where suspected drugs and paraphernalia were located. The house is about four blocks from Hoisington High School and four or five blocks from Lincoln Elementary School.
Arrested at the scene was Joseph “Joey” Lewis, Hoisington. He was booked into the Barton County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $50,000.
Isaac Seibert of Macksville and Travis Begaye and Chaz Stephens, both of Hoisington, were arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; bonds were set at $2,500 each. The three juveniles were turned over to Juvenile Services.
The investigation is ongoing and may result in additional charges being filed at a later date.
• Around 9:41 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, a third narcotics-related search warrant was executed at 201 North Vine St., located a block south of Roosevelt Elementary School.
“A large amount of drugs, drug paraphernalia and currency were located,” Nickerson stated. Kansas Highway Patrol and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office assisted during the initial entry of the residence.
Arrested at the scene was Richard E. Clark, who was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of narcotic drug, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $300,000.
Nickerson said this investigation is also ongoing and may result in additional charges and/or arrest.