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More suspects named in drug busts
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The Barton County jail “media log” for Friday, Dec. 14, was released Monday and contained more names of men arrested last week on drug charges, including at least two who are suspects in a Kansas Bureau of Investigation case.
Brandon M. Williams, Hoisington, was booked on charges of sale of methamphetamine, obstruction, and possession of a weapon in furtherance of a drug crime. Keith Harder of Great Bend was booked for three counts of sale of methamphetamine. Bond for each was set at $100,000. Both arrests are listed on the log as being part of a KBI case.
Although authorities said three people were arrested Thursday, book-ins completed after midnight are not reported until the following day.
Search warrants were executed last Thursday at 102 C Street and 503 Humbolt L7, both in Ellinwood, and 701 Morphy St., Great Bend, as the result of a joint criminal investigation by the KBI, Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Great Bend and Ellinwood police departments.
Another person booked in on drug-related charges on Friday was Jose Trejo of Amarillo, Texas, The log shows he was booked on a Barton County warrant for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of hydrocodone, use of a communication facility for drug transactions, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of stolen property, possession of alprazolam, possession of diazepam and possession of drug paraphernalia, with bond set at $50,000.
As previously reported by the Tribune, the only drug arrest on last Thursday’s jail log released to the media was Timothie Hart of Hoisington, booked on possession of methamphetamine, with bond set at $25,000, and on a Great Bend Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear. The Friday log shows Hart was booked on additional charges of aggravated assault and criminal use of a weapon, with bond set at $20,000.
It is unclear if the arrests or Hart, Trejo or some still unnamed person is the third suspect from last Thursday’s drug raids, as authorities declined to release the names of those arrested. The KBI reportedly mandated that all information must come from the Barton County Attorney’s Office, and County Attorney Douglas Matthews was busy Monday afternoon and would not speak to a Tribune reporter.
Formal charges from the County Attorney’s Office were pending at last report for all cases.