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About $500,000 in drugs seized, 6 arrested in Great Bend

October 2, 2018

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — The Barton County Sheriff’s Office says six people were arrested and an estimated $500,000 in drugs were seized after a raid in Great Bend.

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said in a news release that his department and several other agencies executed search warrants at six locations and three vehicles on Monday.

The sheriff says the months-long investigation began as a cocaine distribution case but eventually expanded into a distribution case involving several drugs.

The Great Bend Tribune reports authorities seized heroin, LSD, cocaine and methamphetamine, with an estimated value of $500,000.

The seizure included imitation hydrocodone tablets that contain fentanyl, which the sheriff said is far more likely to cause an overdose leading to death.

Bellendir says investigators believe most of the seized drugs were smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.

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Information from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, http://www.gbtribune.com

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