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Final suspect in drug bust arrested
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Law enforcement officers work one of the crime scenes during “Operation Snow Plow” Monday morning.

The one remaining suspect who was being sought in connection with Monday’s drug raids turned himself in at the Barton County Jail, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

Six Great Bend residents were arrested early Monday, and the public was asked to help law enforcement locate a seventh suspect. 

Monday night at about 11 p.m., Murel D. Amador surrendered himself to Sheriff’s Deputies. He was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

“Although this wraps up this portion of the case, the investigation will continue. We will follow leads where they take us,” Bellendir said.

On Monday the Barton County Sheriff’s Office broke a “major drug ring” with the execution of nine search warrants in the early hours of Monday morning, An ongoing investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies was dubbed “Operation Snowplow.”

Suspected heroin, LSD, cocaine and meth were among the substances seized. A preliminary estimate is that the drugs had a street value of half a million dollars.

Arrested Monday morning were the following individuals, all residents of Great Bend:

- Iban Martinez–Enrique, 21, for distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, distribution of marijuana, distribution of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, criminal use of a weapon, and no drug tax stamp. Bond is set at $100,000.

- Miguel Gonzalez, 22, for possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, and criminal use of a firearm; bond $10,000 

- Candice Johnson, 42, for distribution of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia; bond $100,000

- Kennedy Beakey, 19, for distribution of a hallucinogenic and possession of paraphernalia; bond $50,000

- Pedro Garcia, 20, for possession of a stimulant, and possession of paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 and he has bonded out of jail.

- Vincente Espino, 51, for distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, distribution of heroin, distribution of fentanyl, distribution of LSD and distribution of marijuana. Bond set at $100,000.

Murel Dean Amador