Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Basehor man nabbed in possible meth bust

Tonganoxie man also taken into custody; juvenile released to relatives

November 20, 2002

Police arrested two men Friday, Nov. 8, during a search of a residence in Basehor that yielded weapons, cash and drugs.

According to the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department, Basehor resident Charles Fowler, 40, and Tonganoxie resident Tom Lorance, 39, were taken into custody following a search in the 15000 block of Poplar St.

A 15-year-old boy was also in the residence. Police said the juvenile has been released to relatives.

Fowler was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within a 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp.

Lorance was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Maj. Dave Zoellner of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department said 12 guns, six grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of marijuana and $1,100 in cash were taken from the home.

Computers were also seized, Zoellner said."There were some items there are believed to be stolen," he said.

The search was conducted at approximately 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Lorance tried to leave the house through a basement door when the search began, Zoellner said.

The search was a joint investigation with a Drug Enforcement Agency task force, the Overland Park Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department and the Basehor Police Department.

Zoellner said police believe a meth lab operated inside the home and the lab had caught fire at some point.

"It was believed that at one time a meth lab was in that residence," Zoellner said.

"At some point in time, there was a fire," he added, citing black soot inside the home's walls and ceiling.

Zoellner said sheriff's deputies also searched a home in Tonganoxie Thursday, Nov. 7.

The search was of a home in the 20000 block of 219th Street. The home was not occupied at the time and no arrests have been made, he said.

"During the search, remnants of a meth lab was discovered," Zoellner said, citing that related paraphernalia was seized.

Arrests in the case could depend on test results of materials taken from the home, police said.

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