Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Drug bust produces dividends for police

September 5, 2007

The largest drug bust in the history of the city of Basehor will help the Basehor Police Department buy new equipment.

Police responded to a call regarding suspicious activity outside Casey's General Store around 4:50 a.m. March 3. The suspect then violated the no left turn traffic sign posted at the store's exit as well as the stoplight at U.S. Highway 24-40 and 155th Street.

"When the officers approached the vehicle, they could actually smell an odor of what was consistent to an alcohol smell," Police Chief Terry Horner said. "Drug paraphernalia was in plain view during the traffic stop."

Luis Nanez, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested and transported to jail. Officers then performed a standard inventory of the 1989 Ford Tempo before it was towed and discovered at least a pound and half each of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, as well as $2,246 in large bills and ingredients and paraphernalia used to produce meth.

"Most of the illegal items were found in a blue shoebox located on the rear passenger floorboard," Horner said.

A certificate of analysis from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation revealed that the substances were in fact illegal drugs. The cocaine and the crystal meth had a combined estimated street value of $100,000.

Nanez was arrested on possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, no drivers license, no insurance, transporting an open container, disobeying a left turn, disobeying a stoplight and no Kansas Drug Tax Stamp.

About $1,684 in confiscated funds will be issued to the Basehor Police Department by the Kansas Department of Revenue for its role in seizing the drugs, Horner said.

"The credit of this arrest goes to the police officers that were involved," Horner said, naming the arresting officers Tom Wiles and Mike Joslyn. "They did a fine job and they both are experienced officers. When we have good officers, they make good arrests."

Horner said the money would be used to buy unspecified equipment for the department.

"We took a substantial amount of drugs off the street and the drug dealers just bought us $1,600 worth of police equipment," he said.

Nanez is still in federal custody and a plea hearing is set for Sept. 24.

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