Methamphetamine arrests keep authorities busy

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Six people were arrested Saturday night after sheriff’s deputies went to a Shawnee home to serve a felony arrest warrant and ended up finding about 25 grams of methamphetamine. In a separate case the same night, Shawnee police officers arrested a suspect after finding a meth lab at another Shawnee home.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies from Seminole County came to Shawnee to serve an outstanding drug court warrant. Shawnee police officers were tied up on other calls, Palmer said, so Pottawatomie County Deputies Eric Fletcher and Joe Leeds, with his K-9 Judo, went with Seminole deputies to a home at 218 W. 35th Street.

When deputies approached the house about 7:40 p.m. and knocked on the front door, he said one person tried to leave out the back door but was deterred by Leeds’ drug dog.
Palmer said they could see meth everywhere inside that house. The owner of the home gave deputies a consent to search; about 25 grams of methamphetmaine was found and seized, along with scales, syringes and baggies, Palmer said.

Six people inside that home were arrested at the scene. Palmer said five of them went to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on drug-related complaints and a female suspect was turned over to Seminole County deputies because of an arrest warrant from that county.  “Twenty-five grams is a lot of meth to take off the streets,” Palmer said.
The case will be turned over to the district attorney for consideration of charges.

A short time later, Deputies Fletcher and Leeds made another drug arrest near that area.
Fletcher made a traffic stop at Kickapoo and MacArthur streets because a vehicle had no tail lights, Palmer said. Deputy Leeds and Judo also stopped, Palmer said, and Judo alerted to narcotics on the vehicle. After a search, about 9 grams of meth was found in that vehicle, Palmer said. The driver, a Prague man, was arrested on drug-related complaints.

Shawnee police officers also found a methamphetamine lab Saturday night at 1136 E. Main.  Shawnee Officer Jeb Rollins and Cpl. John Goss received information about a meth lab, so a search warrant was obtained for that home.

During a search, officers found remains and chemicals of a meth lab and one suspect was arrested. The District Attorney’s Drug Task Force assisted with the packaging and clean up of the toxic substances at that scene.