A large anti-meth operation conducted over the past eight months has led authorities to execute 10 search warrants and file charges against 20 people, officials announced today.
The search warrants were executed in Chanute, Iola, Stark, Paola and Fort Scott, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said.
Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office charged 20 people with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of materials used to make meth, possession of meth, conspiracy to distribute meth and other crimes. Officers arrested 17 of the 20 people Tuesday.
Authorities say that the suspects were obtaining large quantities of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, using it to cook meth and selling the drug in Kansas.
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For more than a decade, the Southeast Kansas Drug Taskforce has been working to crack down on illegal drugs and the crimes often associated with the drug trade, the Attorney General's Office said.
This past year, Six announced the Kansas Meth Initiative, which provided $1 million in additional funding for prosecutors to support the task force and training for officers. With the money from the initiative, the Attorney General's Office has assigned two full-time drug prosecutors to the Southeast Kansas Drug Taskforce.
"This large meth bust, which started with good police work and was executed because law enforcement agencies worked together, is a perfect example of how beneficial programs like the Kansas Meth Initiative and the Southeast Kansas Drug Taskforce can be to the safety and health of our communities," Six said.