Search warrants executed Tuesday evening in Great Bend yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, and a stolen gun was recovered during a related traffic stop. A total of six people were arrested.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Great Bend Police Department both executed search warrants for controlled substances around 6 p.m. The GBPD entered 2421 Sixth St. around the same time the BCSO was searching 520 Odell St.
The Kansas Highway Patrol and Great Bend Fire Department also assisted.
Hernan Montez was arrested at 2421 Sixth St. He was booked for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, with bond set at $10,000, according to the Barton County Jail log.
Lt. Bill Browne at the GBPD said the substance seized had been sent to a lab for testing.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir identified a substance seized at 520 Odell St. as suspected methamphetamine. Three arrests were made there: Gregory Lee Becker, 51; Amy Sneath, 35; and Christina D. Chapman, 31,all of Great Bend, were arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail without incident. All three are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
“Upon gaining entry to the residence deputies discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of currency,” Bellendir stated in a news release. “Three suspects were in the residence at the time of the search warrant. All three were arrested and charged with: possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; possession of drug distribution paraphernalia (and) possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigation showed the controlled substances did not have the proper Kansas tax stamps attached. The suspects were also charged with the tax stamp violation.”
Two more people were arrested following a traffic stop made by GBPD Sgt. James Bachar around 10 p.m. in the 1300 block of 10th St. They were identified as Great Bend residents Reynaldo Martinez and Tiffany Farfan.
“Narcotics and a stolen 9 mm handgun were located,” the GBPD reported. Martinez and Farfan were described in the department’s news release as “persons of interest in the earlier executed search warrant at 2421 6th GBKS.”
Reynaldo Martinez was booked for possession with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, criminal use of a weapon, no headlights, obstruction, no driver’s license, illegal tags and no insurance, in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Tiffany Farfan was booked early Wednesday for unlawful possession with intent to distribute, with bond set at $50,000.
More arrests are pending as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBPD, 793-4120, or to call Crime Stoppers and leave an anonymous tip. The Crime Stoppers telephone number is 792-1300.