05/08/2011

Investigation Lands Four in Jail

Dennis "Denny" Bunce

Forrest Wayne Duggan

Michael Moss

Amanda Moss

A seven-month long investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine led authorities to execute two search warrants on Thursday, netting four arrests.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5th, 2011, investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Galena Police Department raided a home located at 1914 Joplin Street in Galena.

During that search, officers discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab, along with other items consistent with illegal drug activity.

Forrest Wayne Duggan, 51, of the home, and 33 year-old Michael Moss and Amanda Moss, 25 years old, both of Joplin, Missouri, were arrested at the scene and are being held in the Cherokee County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bond each.

All three face charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, Possession of Precursor Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

An hour later, at approximately 3:00 p.m., members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Baxter Springs Police Department executed a search warrant at 631 East 5th Street in Baxter Springs. 

Investigators discovered suspected methamphetamine during the search of the property.

Arrested at the scene was 56 year-old, Dennis “Denny” Bunce.

Bunce is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Seven Counts of Distributing of Methamphetamine, Seven Counts of having No Drug Tax Stamp and Possessing Methamphetamine.

This investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests and charges are expected.

 

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