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Baxter Springs Raid Lands Five in Jail

Deputies examine
potential evidence

Gary Smith

Roy Vanhorn

Brandon McCoy

Tiffany Tush

James Keils

Suspect being taken
into custody

Just before 6:00 a.m., on Friday, July 22, 2011, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Baxter Springs Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol Special Response Team, executed a search warrant located at 316 Garfield in Baxter Springs.

During the course of the search, investigators discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab along with suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and chemicals in various stages of the manufacturing process.

Arrested at the scene were:

Roy Vanhorn, 20, of Baxter Springs

Gary Smith, 34, of Baxter Springs

Brandon McCoy, 32, Baxter Springs

James Keils, 28, Talequah, Oklahoma

Tiffany Tush, 26, Picher, Oklahoma

All five suspects are being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond on allegations of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursor Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Additional arrests are expected as a result of this investigation, which has been ongoing for the past several months.

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