GREAT BEND, Kan. — The Barton County Sheriff's Office has now arrested five people on meth-related charges in just over a week.
On June 17, deputies executed search warrants at locations in Great Bend and rural Barton County. Approximately 9 ounces of meth, with a street value in excess of $20,000, was seized along with drug paraphernalia. Vehicles and other assets were also seized.
Three arrests were made on that day: Israel Klein, 29, was arrested at a home in Great Bend. Jose Enriquez, 31, and 21-year-old Jacqueline Verduzco-Gonzales were arrested in rural Barton County. All three are Great Bend residents. Several children were also taken into protective custody and placed with child services.
On Tuesday, June 24, deputies served two arrest warrants as part of the ongoing investigation from last week. The first arrest was 28-year-old Kevin Adam Pekarek of Great Bend. The warrant contained eight counts, including a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, three counts of child endangerment and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine.
Stephanie Rene Crawford, 26, also of Great Bend, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of child endangerment. She and Pekarek are being held on a $100,000 bond.
The sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing.