Officers seized approximately half a pound of cocaine, with a street value around $14,000, during a drug raid Wednesday in Great Bend, according to a statement from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Search warrants were issued as a result of a six-month joint investigation by the KBI, Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Ellinwood Police Department.
The Great Bend Tribune learned that uniformed law enforcement officers had entered a trailer house at 216 Holland St. around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. They could also be seen opening the door of a silver Dodge Durango with a Barton County tag, that was parked outside the residence, and looking inside the vehicle.
Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings confirmed Wednesday afternoon that GBPD officers were assisting the KBI in executing search warrants.
Special Agent in Charge Kelly Ralston at the KBI office in Great Bend said law enforcement was working on a drug case and had three people in custody.
According to the KBI news release, three Great Bend residents were arrested for distribution of cocaine. Their names were not being released pending the filing of formal charges by the Barton County Attorney.
In addition to the cocaine, officers seized a motor vehicle and "electronic equipment used to facilitate drug transaction."
Logs from the BCSO show the department’s K-9 unit was dispatched to 216 Holland St. at 3:31 p.m. and again at 5:38 p.m. The GBPD log shows the department assisting the KBI at 3:17 p.m.