A Barton County Sheriff’s deputy arrested one man on drug charges following the discovery of suspected narcotics during an early Friday morning traffic stop.
According to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, at about 1 a.m. Friday, Deputy Sheriff Alexandria Mason stopped a white Ford F150 for a traffic infraction in the 500 block of NW 30 Ave., northwest of Great Bend.
During the course the investigation, Mason became suspicious of possible drug activity and a canine unit from the City of Great Bend was dispatched to the location. The dog indicated the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.
Deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle and located suspected methamphetamine inside a hidden container. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was identified as Eliseo Velasco, Jr., 32, of Great Bend. Velasco was arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail without incident. He was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked.
Velasco is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.