05/09/2011

Ongoing Investigation Leads to Two More Arrests

Laricia Higinbotham

Tory Higinbotham

Two additional suspects have been captured by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their alleged involvement in methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution activities.

Just before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9th, 2011, Sheriff’s Office Investigators located 35 year-old Tory Higinbotham and 30 year-old Laricia Higinbotham, both of Riverton, and placed them under arrest.

Both have been charged in Cherokee County District Court with the Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Bond has been set at $100,000.00 each.

These are the latest arrests that have resulted from a several month long investigation, by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force.

That investigation led to two search warrants being executed last Thursday, one in Galena and one in Baxter Springs.

During the executions of those search warrants, four people were taken into custody.

Arrested last Thursday were:

·         Dennis “Denny” Bunce, 56, of Baxter Springs

·         Forrest Wayne Duggan, 51, of Galena

·         Michael Moss, 33, Joplin, Missouri

·         Amanda Moss, 25, Joplin, Missouri

All four suspects arrested last week were formally charged in Cherokee County District Court on Monday.

After being formally charged, the bond amounts for Forrest Duggan, Michael Moss and Amanda Moss remain at $100,000.00 each. Amanda Moss is also being held on an outstanding arrest warrant out of Lawrence County, Missouri for Possession of Controlled Substance.

Dennis “Denny” Bunce’s bond has been raised to $250,000.00.

All suspects remain in the Cherokee County Jail and the investigation continues to be ongoing.


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