Great Bend Police sent their K-9 unit to Great Bend Middle School on Thursday, and then got a search warrant for a residence at 1227 U.S. 281 Bypass. A Great Bend couple, along with a juvenile, were arrested and booked into jail for possession of marijuana. The adults were also charged with endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.
David Lloyd Smith, 40, and Katie Maxine Smith, 37, were booked into the Barton County Jail and released later that day after posting $2,500 surety bonds. The juvenile was released to the Juvenile Justice Authority. Another juvenile was also taken into JJA custody that afternoon.
The Great Bend Police Department issued a news release Friday with more details.
Around 12:32 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to Great Bend Middle School regarding a narcotics violation and a child in need of care.
“At that time, illegal narcotics were located and a juvenile was taken into custody,” according to the statement. “The K-9 officer and police K-9 Menta were utilized to search areas of the school. Based on the information obtained during this investigation, Great Bend Police detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence located at 1227 281 Bypass.”
GBPD officers and detectives executed the warrant at the residence around 2:47 p.m., locating and seizing marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia.
Juvenile Services responded to the residence and took the second juvenile into custody.
The investigation is still ongoing and the case will be sent to the Barton County Attorney's Office for review. Anyone with any information in reference to this case is urged to contact the Great Bend Police Department by calling 620-793-4120 or Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.