Archive for Thursday, March 23, 2006

Probe by DEA stirs questions

March 23, 2006

Agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency served a search warrant at a Basehor residence recently in hopes of finding a suspect wanted on drug charges.

DEA officials had no comment. Basehor police officers said the agents did not find the suspect -- a woman rumored to be temporarily staying in Basehor -- during the March 8 search. No arrests were made, police said.

The agents' presence in the city caused a stir, police department Detective Lloyd Martley said.

"Everybody in town about had a heart attack," said Martley, adding that the police department fielded several inquiries regarding the search from local residents. "But, it turned out to be nothing at all."

The DEA had been looking for the suspect in Kansas City, Kan., but came to the city after receiving a tip she might be staying in Basehor, police said.

Basehor police chief Terry Horner said his department was not notified of the DEA's presence in the city until he spoke with several agents after the search was finished.

In other crime news, police said three Basehor-Linwood High School students were detained March 2 after they skipped school to smoke marijuana at a nearby apartment building.

Charges against the students, whose names were withheld, are pending following a review of the case by the Leavenworth County Attorney. One of the students was arrested for a parole violation, Martley said.

Martley said the students left school and allegedly went to a nearby apartment complex. When they returned, school officials reported the incident to police.

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