Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

City adopts new drug laws

August 18, 2005

At the request of Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner, city officials on Monday adopted several new ordinances designed to enhance public safety.

The ordinances address possession and manufacture of drugs, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

Before enacting the new ordinances, the city relied on state statutes to prosecute drug offenders.

With the adoption of the new ordinance, the city can now prosecute misdemeanor-level drug offenses in municipal court rather than sending those cases to Leavenworth County District Court.

"We've never had any of these ordinances," Horner said. "Now we can charge them under our own ordinance and can prosecute them here instead of district court."

Approving the new ordinance should expedite the prosecution of lesser drug offenses, put more revenue into city coffers through fines and relieve district court of some cases, Horner added.

Another ordinance approved Monday alters the city's curfew laws. Basehor youths ages 15 years and younger must now be off the streets between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 11:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For teens 16 to 18 years old, the curfew is 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

All the ordinances approved Monday will go into effect after a public notice is published in the Sentinel.

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