Drug bust in Great Bend could lead to bigger investigation

Great Bend Police Department (KSN File Photo)

GREAT BEND, Kansas – Great Bend police say their investigation started as a drug case, but what came next in their search of a home was unexpected.

“While searching the residents for narcotics we located items consistent with the financial crimes of counterfeit money and stolen checks, at that time we stopped and obtained a second search warrant for the additional items,” said Detective Scott Bieberle.

Three people were arrested, booked on charges of meth possession but now the much larger investigation into counterfeiting and forgery has begun and may lead to additional charges.

“Checks that have been reported stolen by other people. It’s writing somebody else’s check without their authorization,” said Bieberle.

Since counterfeiting is a federal crime, the Great Bend Police Department has already called in the Secret Service to help them investigate the case.

Officers say they can’t say more about the investigation while it’s ongoing and won’t say if these arrests can be connected to recent counterfeit cases in central Kansas.

Sill, they’re relieved they made the unexpected find.

“That was not included in the search warrant, at first,” Bieberle said.

All three suspects are only charged with drug possession for right now.

The police say that the investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information should call the Great Bend Police Department at 620-793-4120 or Crimestoppers at 620-792-1300 or 888-305-1300

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