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Sheriff’s office announces multiple drug busts
Suspects arrested in Great Bend and Hoisington

Over the course of the last 12 days the Barton County Sheriff’s office has been involved in several controlled substances cases, Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced Friday afternoon.

“We did not want to make the cases public until investigations were complete,” Bellendir said. He released the following information:

• On Monday, August 6, at about 1:15 a.m., a sheriff’s office deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of NW 10 Ave. During the course of the traffic stop, the passenger in the suspect vehicle was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. The suspect was identified as Bryanne Biggs-Zamarripa, age 35, of Great Bend. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Barton County Jail.

Upon processing at the detention facility, Biggs-Zamarripa was found to be concealing more methamphetamine on her person. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. Biggs-Zamarripa posted a $50,000 surety bond and was released.

• On Monday, August 13, at about 11 p.m., sheriff’s detectives executed a search warrant in the 300 block of West Third Street in Hoisington. The warrant was part of a continuing investigation. Officers located suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Judith Evans, 53, of Hoisington was arrested and booked on possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. As of Friday afternoon, she remained in the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Further arrests are expected pending investigation in this case. 

• On Thursday, August 16, detectives executed another search at about 9 p.m. The warrant was executed in the 400 block of Almond Street in Great Bend. After gaining entry to the residence deputies found two adults and an 11-year-old child. Deputies located quantities of suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The adults, identified as Kristal Buck, age 39, and Charles Buck, age 38, both of Great Bend, were arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail. Both were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, no drug tax stamp and aggravated child endangerment. Both remained in jail Friday in lieu of a $10,0000 bond. The child was taken into protective custody.

Bellendir declined to comment on whether any of the cases are related. “I like to keep the bad guys guessing,” he said.