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Area law enforcement agencies conduct warrant sweep
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Multiple individuals were arrested Friday when the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Great Bend Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Barton County Community Corrections, participated in a joint operation to locate wanted persons and violators in Barton County. 

According to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, From 6 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday, law enforcement officers were active in Barton County searching for persons wanted on warrants, drug violations and traffic violations. Approximately 35 officers participated in the operation, he said.  

As part of the sweep, four arrest warrants were executed for various charges. Another two arrest warrants were cleared by exceptional means, which Bellendir said occurs in a number of different circumstances such as when the suspect on the warrant is deceased, or the warrant was recalled or cleared by the court. 

Three individuals were arrested for corrections or parole violations, one person was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and another was arrested for possession of marijuana, he said. This led to a total of nine arrests and two warrants cleared. Numerous other locations were checked where the wanted individual was not located.

KBI was the coordinating agency and used its resources to help find potential locations of wanted individuals. Bellendir said the operation was considered successful and the plan is to repeat the scenario later in the year.