Thirty-two-year-old Allen E. Standish of rural Stafford County was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a multi-agency investigation culminated in the discovery of suspected narcotics and unlawful weapons.
According to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, at the request of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Barton County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies have been assisting in an investigation in Stafford County. During the course of that investigation, it was discovered that an individual may be in possession of drugs and unlawful weapons, and a search warrant was obtained for a residence in rural northwestern Stafford County.
At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, multiple law enforcement agencies arrived at 1331 NW 80th Ave. in Stafford County and executed the warrant.
In the course of the search, law enforcement seized suspected heroin, marijuana and what are believed to be multiple fully automatic firearms. A sawed-off shotgun was also located.
No federal paperwork was located for the automatic weapons. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been notified.
Standish was arrested at the scene and booked on Stafford County charges of distribution of marijuana, criminal use of a firearm while addicted to drugs, criminal use of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. He is being held in the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond on that case.
In a related incident from the day before, Standish was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer when he allegedly swerved his vehicle at a detective conducting surveillance operations. He is being held on an additional $20,000 bond related to that charge.
Standish remains in jail as of this time.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the operation due to the suspected presence of automatic weapons. Agencies assisting Stafford County included the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Ellinwood Police Department, along with the BCSO tactical unit and detectives.