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Traffic stop leads to two drug arrests
Alexandra Mason and Maxx
BCSO Deputy Alexandra Mason and K-9 Maxx

Barton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Great Bend residents Monday afternoon after a traffic stop led to the discovery of suspected narcotics in the vehicle.

According to Sheriff Brian Bellendir, BCSO deputies conducted a traffic stop shortly before 4 p.m. in the 2400 block of 6th Street in Great Bend for a traffic infraction. BCSO K-9 officer Maxx was deployed and indicated the presence of controlled substances in or around the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and brass knuckles.

The driver, Leona Bahr-Strecker, 35, of Great Bend was arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail without incident. She was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal carrying of a weapon. Strecker is currently being held in the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

A passenger in the vehicle, Justin Herren, 38, of Great Bend, was found to have outstanding warrants from the City of Great Bend. He was also in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Herren was transported the jail on requested charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, as well as two Great Bend Municipal Court warrants. Herren is currently being held with bond set at $10,000.

Leona Bahr-Strecker
Leona Bahr-Strecker
Justin Herren
Justin Herren