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Kansan taken into custody on multiple charges

The Parsons Police Department announces the arrest of Justin Dale Ard, age 33, of Parsons, on
June 12th.

Ard was taken into custody for a Failure to Appear warrant and new charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and five counts of Violation of the Offender Registration Act.

The arrest followed an incident where Ard’s wallet was found at a local business and turned in
as found property.

Ard came to the Parsons Police Department to collect his wallet, at which point he was apprehended for the active warrant, by Off. Blake Sanchez. During the arrest process, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were discovered in his possession.

Further investigation revealed that Ard was non-compliant with his registered offender status,
stemming from a conviction for Conspiracy to Manufacture of Controlled Substances in Oklahoma.

Officer Sanchez promptly notified the Parsons Registered Offender Program, initiating a parallel
investigation. It was determined that Ard had last registered in Montgomery County, KS, in July 2021
and was listed as non-compliant by Montgomery County. After moving back to Parsons at the beginning of March 2024, Ard failed to register with the Labette County Sheriff’s Office, resulting in five counts of
Violation of the Offender Registration Act.

Ard remains in custody as the investigation continues. The Parsons Police Department is
committed to enforcing the law and ensuring compliance with offender registration requirements to
protect the community.

This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It,
Report It.” All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If anyone has any
further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police
Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at

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