Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Two charged following drug bust

November 20, 2002

Two area men were charged on Tuesday, following a raid last Friday at a home in Basehor.

Charles Fowler, 40, Basehor, and Tom Lorance, 39, Tonganoxie, were arrested after Leavenworth County Sheriff's officers raided a home in the 15000 block of Poplar, according to Major Dave Zoellner. During the 6 a.m. raid, officers found Fowler, Lorance and a 15-year-old male.

Zoellner said officers found about 6 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $1,000; 20 grams of marijuana, with a street value of about $100; drug paraphernalia; 12 guns, both long guns and hand guns; and $1,100 in cash.

The major said the search warrant was the result of a joint investigation among a Drug Enforcement Agency's task force, Overland Park Police Department, the Johnson County sheriff's office and the Basehor Police Department.

According to David Melton of the Leavenworth County attorney's office, Lorance was charged in Leavenworth County District Court with possession of methamphetamine, not having a Kansas tax stamp for marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fowler was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and not having a Kansas tax stamp for methamphetamine, Melton said.

Fowler's next court appearance is set for 10 a.m. Monday, but no court date has been set yet for Lorance, Melton said.

Zoellner said sheriff's officers also served a search warrant on a home in the 20000 block of 219th Street last Thursday afternoon. He said officers found the remnants of what they believe had been a methamphetamine lab. Although the home was inhabited, he said, it was not occupied at the time the search warrant was served. No arrests were made in that incident, Zoellner said.

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