BARTON COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities in Barton County developed information of drug trafficking at a home in Great Bend and made two arrests.
Just before 11a.m. Thursday, detectives executed a search warrant developed at a residence at 1445 Park Street in Great Bend, according to Sheriff Brian Bellendir.
They discovered drugs and paraphernalia and arrested Eligus R. Ricketts, 34 of Salina.
He was booked on requested charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with law enforcement officer. Ricketts was found hiding in a closet at the time of his arrest. Ricketts also had an outstanding warrant from Saline County. The Saline County warrant was a no bond warrant, the charges in Barton County carry a $100,000 bond, according to Bellendir.
He has nine previous convictions that include criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated escape from custody, aggravated assault, fee and attempt to elude law enforcement and for drugs, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Deputies also came in contact with Howard L. Johnson age 23 of Great Bend Johnson was taken into custody on three outstanding warrants for parole violation. The bond on Johnson’s warrants range from $1500-$5000.