Archive for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tonganoxie man faces drug charges

April 15, 2009

The Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man who might have been involved in a possible shooting on Thursday.

Kenneth Blair, 38, Tonganoxie, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The attorney’s office said the case is still under investigation.

Blair was placed in custody after a call was made to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office about a possible shooting that occurred around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at his home in the 18400 block of 178th Street.

Blair was arrested after a 34-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man told officers that he had gotten into an altercation with Blair and was shot at while he was leaving Blair’s residence, according to Leavenworth County undersheriff Ron Cranor.

The Kansas City, Kan., man left the residence and contacted the authorities. When deputies arrived at the man’s location, Keller said there were several people, drugs and weapons inside Blair’s home. Sheriff’s deputies and about 20 Kansas Highway Patrol officers surrounded the residence to get Blair out of the home, Cranor said. Officers were not aware that he had already left the home before they arrived. There was nobody else in the home.

Deputies made contact with Blair after getting his cell phone number from the Kansas City, Kan., man. Officers then went to his location at Kansas Highway 32 and Leavenworth County Road 3. Blair was taken into custody for questioning along with Keller.

Cranor said based on information given to the sheriff’s office from the Kansas City, Kan., man, deputies secured a warrant to search Blair’s home.

Officers found drugs, including methamphetamines and marijuana, along with several firearms and a ballistic vest.

The Kansas City, Kan., man was held overnight, but released in the morning.

Cranor said the Kansas City, Kan., man’s vehicle is being inspected to determine whether the damage on the vehicle was actually caused from a bullet.

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