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Another Major Drug Bust in Cherokee County

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant yesterday as part of an investigation by the Galena Police Department after the GPD received information concerning stolen property.

At the home at 7903 Southeast Highway 166, just east of Baxter Springs early Wednesday afternoon they found significant amounts of methamphetamine along with marijuana, paraphernalia and firearms. Deputies also found a stolen dump truck and a stolen trailer.

Arrested at the scene were 44-year-old Jeremy Manders of McCune, 27-year-old Carl Michael Lewis Jr. of Quapaw and the occupant of the house 26-year-old Ashley Edens.

Manders and Lewis were arrested on allegations of possessing methamphetamine with Intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Their bonds were set at $18,000.00 each.

Edens faces allegations of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, criminal in possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She also had an active warrant for her arrest out of Cherokee County for aggravated violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act, a warrant out of Jasper County for failing to appear on a delivery of a controlled substance charge, and another Failure to appear warrant out of Newton County. Edens is being held without bond.

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