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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Narcotics raids: Shawnee police seize $28,000 in methamphetamine

  • In what ended up being a simultaneous operation that lasted into the overnight hours, Shawnee police raided two houses, seized one-half pound of methamphetamine and made four arrests.
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    In what ended up being a simultaneous operation that lasted into the overnight hours, Shawnee police raided two houses, seized one-half pound of methamphetamine and made four arrests.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said officers, after running surveillance as part of an ongoing investigation, executed search warrants at 514 N. Tucker and 1115 E. Whitaker.
    Frantz, who said officers have been watching these locations for some time, indicated drug dealing was being done out of these residences.
    The chief said the amount of methamphetamine seized would have had a street value of about $28,000, adding most of the meth was seized from the home on Tucker Street.
    Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the two raids, the chief said, and more arrests are possible; formal charges have not been filed.
    Jailed Thursday in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center was Jason Truelove, 32, who was arrested at the Tucker Street home, Frantz said.
    Truelove was being held on complaints of trafficking in illegal drugs, use of surveillance equipment during the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
    Henry Webster, 56, was arrested at the Whittaker Street home, the chief said. He was being held on $5,000 bond Thursday on complaints of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Frantz said two others — Katie Wright, 38, and Emily Armstrong, 33 — also were jailed as a result of the raids.
    Wright, who reportedly resides at the Whitaker residence, was being held on complaints of maintaining a place for keeping and selling of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $10,000.
    Armstrong, who was held on complaints of possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, also was being held on a $10,000 bond.
    Frantz, who said methamphetamine activity had decreased quite a bit in Shawnee since the massive methamphetamine raid in 2012, said the meth seized in this case is believed to be imported from Mexico.
    With a gram being an average sales dose, the one-half pound of methamphetamine averages out to be equivalent to 224 grams.
    Frantz said police also seized $6,378 in cash during the two raids.
    The cases will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.
    District Court records show all four suspects have prior drug-related charges. Court records show Webster is currently on probation for a 10-year suspended sentence in another case involving possession of a controlled substance.
    Watch for updates.
     
     

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