A defendant charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent distribute within 2,000 feet of a school has been bound over for trial following preliminary hearing.
Daniel Lawrence Michels, 54, was charged in June with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Pottawatomie County court records show his next court date is now set in November.
According to case information released from the district attorney's office on Wednesday, it was about 7 p.m. on May 24 when a routine traffic stop was made by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of a K-9 investigator. Based on information received during that traffic stop, a search warrant was issued for his residence at 518 W. Dewey Street in Shawnee. Upon receiving a search warrant for the residence, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, along with investigators from the District 23 Drug Task Force, completed a thorough search, with about 20 grams of methamphetamine discovered along with items which would indicate the distribution and sales of methamphetamine. Following the testing of the methamphetamine, Michels was interviewed by the District 23 Drug Task Force along with sheriff's deputies.
The district attorney's office reports the residence at 518 W. Dewey is approximately 893 feet from a local elementary school. Michels was arrested and later charged in the case.
“Our District 23 Drug Task Force is highly skilled and trained in combating the production and distribution of any illegal substance. Their mission is a 'seek and destroy' of all illegal drugs in this area,”said District Attorney Allan Grubb.