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More BSCO arrests announced
Ellinwood residence searched
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ELLINWOOD — Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced Thursday that two suspects were arrested after the Barton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the 500 block of East 4th Street in Ellinwood.

“Upon gaining entry into the residence, a quantity of methamphetamine, digital scales and packaging materials were found as well as a firearm,” Bellendir stated in a news release. “Further investigation at the scene revealed a stolen vehicle parked behind the residence. The 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was stolen from Reno County.  Both occupants of the residence were placed under arrest.”

Those arrested were Eric Torres, 33, and Becky Muckenthaler, 35. Both were transported to the Barton County Jail and booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal in possession of a firearm and felony possession of stolen property. Both are being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Ellinwood Police Department.

Becky Muckenthaler
Eric Torres