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Law enforcement makes arrest after traffic stop leads to drug discovery
Joel Munoz
Joel Munoz

Great Bend Police and Barton County Sheriff’s officers arrested 20-year-old Joel Michael Munoz Friday after a traffic stop search led to the discovery of suspected illegal narcotics Friday evening.

According to at GBPD release, at approximately 5:01 p.m. Friday, a GBPD officer conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of 16th Street, near the U.S. 281 Bypass, on a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. During the stop, GBPD service dog Menta was deployed and conducted a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle. 

After performing the sniff, K-9 Menta alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle was then conducted, and a substantial amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and guns were located, GBPD reports.

Munoz was arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail and booked with no bond. 

This incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information on this case or any other case is encouraged to contact the Great Bend Police Department by calling 620-793-4120 or Barton County Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.