Archive for Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Local man convicted of drug charges, awaits second meth lab trial

February 6, 2002

A Basehor man has been convicted of six-drug-related charges stemming from a search of his home Feb. 17, 2000.

On Jan. 24, a jury convicted Wade Bates on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and having no drug tax stamp.

Bates is currently in custody in the Leavenworth County Jail. He will be sentenced on March 6.

Leavenworth County sheriff's deputies searched Bates home in the 15900 block of Ripley Street, just outside Basehor, after gathering evidence that he was manufacturing methamphetamine.

Besides finding drugs and related paraphernalia, Bates was allegedly wearing a shoulder holster with a loaded .357 magnum when officers arrived, according to deputies.

Bates was arrested, but the charges were dropped because lab results could not be obtained in time for trial, Leavenworth County prosecutors said.

However, the charges were re-filed following a second search of the Bates residence Feb. 6, 2001.

During the search, deputies allegedly discovered a methamphetamine lab, witnesses said.

Bates faces charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine as a precursor, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from the second search.

Bates is set to stand trial on charges from the second search Feb. 12.

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