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Driver stopped for no license, arrested for meth

Suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found Monday during a traffic stop in Great Bend, Police Chief Steve Haulmark reported.

Shortly after 4 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle traveling east in the 5200 block of 10th Street, with a driver who was known to the officer to not possess a valid driver’s license. The officer confirmed with Barton County Dispatch that the driver, 39-year-old Justin Herren, still did not possess a valid driver’s license and the officer conducted a traffic stop in the 5100 block of 9th street.

“During the traffic stop, K9 Menta was utilized to conduct a free-air sniff of the vehicle,” Haulmark stated in a news release. “After a positive alert of the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, officers conducted a search of the vehicle. During the search, officers located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.”

Herren was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was transported to the Barton County Jail where he was booked and confined in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime or any other investigation is encouraged to contact the Great Bend Police Department at 620-793-4120 or Great Bend Crime Stoppers at (620) 792-1300 or online at