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Man arrested on drug charges during Friday traffic stop
James Michael
James Michael

A Great Bend man was arrested Friday evening on multiple charges after a traffic stop search led to the discovery of suspected narcotics.

According to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, at about 6:30 p.m. on May 7 a BCSO deputy stopped a blue Toyota pickup for a traffic infraction near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Baker Ave. Deputies contacted the driver, identified as James B. Michael, 56, of Great Bend. During the course of the stop, deputies asked for and received consent to search the vehicle. During the investigation, deputies discovered suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Michael was arrested at the scene without incident and transported the Barton County Jail. He was booked on requested charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, no drug tax stamp and other charges. Michael is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.