Local man faces charges in meth bust
A local man faces several felony charges in connection to a methamphetamine lab allegedly found in his home.
Wade E. Bates, 41, who lives just outside Basehor in the 15900 block of Ripley Street, has been charged in Leavenworth County District Court with six counts, including manufacturing of methamphetamines, possession with intent to sell, criminal use of a weapon, possession of precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and with having no drug tax stamp.
He is being held at Leavenworth County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Bates was supposed to appear in court on Monday, Feb. 12, but the hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21 because his attorney could not attend the hearing.
According to the charges, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department discovered a methamphetamine lab while searching Bates' home Tuesday, Feb. 6.
According to Leavenworth County Undersheriff David Zoellner, there was a small amount of methamphetamine seized from the residence as well as money and firearms.
Officers also found chemicals and materials to manufacture methamphetamine, Zoellner said.
Two chemists also were called to the house and Enviro-Solve of Kansas City removed the chemicals and hazardous material associated with the lab, Zoellner said.
This is the second time in less than a year that Bates' residence has been searched by the sheriff's department.
On Feb. 17 of last year, the deputies allegedly seized items used to manufacture methamphetamine, along with other related paraphernalia. According to the sheriff's department, Bates was wearing a shoulder holster and was armed with a loaded .357 magnum when the police arrived.
Bates was initially charged with six drug-related counts, but the case was dropped because prosecutors could not receive lab results back in time for trial. Prosecutors have refiled those charges against Bates, County Prosecutor Frank Kohl said.
The cases will be combined for hearing purposes, prosecutors said.
Other agencies involved in Tuesday's search were the Basehor Police Department, Leavenworth County Office of Emergency Management, Fairmount Township Fire Department and Leavenworth County Health Department.