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Separate pedestrian stops lead to drug arrests, search
Ronelle Delaurentis
Ronelle Delaurentis

Great Bend Police Department officers made two arrests in separate incidents involving pedestrians with outstanding warrants Sunday and Monday.

According to the GBPD, at around 9:23 p.m. Sunday, an officer made contact with a pedestrian, identified as Ronelle Delaurentis, 51, of Great Bend, who was almost run over on 10th Street due to unsafely crossing the street. While speaking with Delaurentis, the officer learned there was an active arrest warrant out for her. She was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Barton County Jail. 

Once at the jail, the officer reportedly located suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Delaurentis’s property. This, coupled with additional information the officer had previously learned, led to the application of a narcotic-related search warrant for a residence in the 800 block of Monroe Street. 

At shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday, GBPD officers and detectives executed the search warrant at the residence. In the course of the search, officers located a quantity of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription narcotics and other items of contraband inside the residence. One subject there was interviewed and released.  

Pending the completion of the investigation, additional charges are expected, as well as additional arrests.

In a separate incident, at around 1:30 p.m. Monday, a GBPD officer was on routine patrol when he located a subject, identified as 37-year-old Debra Holder, with a confirmed Barton County warrant for aggravated violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Upon contact with Holder, the officer placed her under arrest for the warrant.

Following the arrest, the officer conducted a search of Holder’s person and located amounts of suspected methamphetamine and THC wax, as well as suspected drug paraphernalia.

Holder was arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail where she was booked and held in lieu of a $10,000 bond for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, and no drug tax stamp. She was also booked and held on a $100,000 bond for the outstanding Barton County warrant.

If you have any information in reference to these cases, or any other criminal investigation, you are encouraged to contact the GBPD at 620-793-4120 or Crimestoppers at 620-793-1300.

Debra Holder
Debra Holder