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GBPD arrests four for drugs in separate weekend incidents

Drug offenses kept the Great Bend Police Department busy this weekend, with GBPD officers arresting four individuals on narcotics offenses in three separate incidents over about a 31-hour period from Friday afternoon to Saturday night.

At approximately 3:07 p.m. Friday, Central Kansas Community Corrections requested GBPD assistance at a residence at 5480 Cherry Place Apt. D, where CKCC personnel located illegal drugs inside the residence. Upon their arrival, GBPD officers observed some illegal drugs and paraphernalia inside the residence and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Officers then located suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and other items inside the residence.

Jordan Trevino and Erika Helms were both arrested at the residence.

Helms is charged with distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school (Lincoln Elementary School), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Helms was also charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility after narcotics were located on her person when she was being booked into the jail. She was booked in lieu of bond.

Trevino is charged with distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. He was booked in lieu of bond for contempt of court.

Later that evening, around 10:35 p.m., a GBPD officer stopped a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee for an alleged traffic violation in the 3300 block of 10th St. Upon making contact with the driver, 20-year-old Tyler Epp, the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was then searched, and suspected cocaine and marijuana were found. 

Epp was arrested and booked into the Barton County Jail in lieu of bond on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and driving while revoked. This incident is still under investigation.

Then, at approximately 10:35 p.m. Saturday, a GBPD officer initiated a traffic stop on a gray 2007 Dodge Durango at 22nd St. and Cleveland St. for an alleged traffic violation.

During the course of the traffic stop, GBPD K-9 Menta was deployed to do an exterior sniff of the vehicle. Menta reportedly indicated a positive odor of narcotics coming from the inside of the vehicle. Upon completion of the sniff, officers searched the vehicle and found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The driver, Charles Bowers Jr. was arrested.

Bowers was transported to the Barton County Jail, where he was booked in lieu of bond for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a driver’s license.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes or any other crime can contact the Great Bend Police Department by calling 620-793-4120 or Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.