Barton county law enforcement steps up fight against drugs

Methamphetamine (Generic methamphetamine photo courtesy of KSNT)

GREAT BEND, Kansas- The Barton County Sheriff’s Department along with the Great Bend Police Department and K.B.I. trained their swat teams today. It’s part of the training to get drugs off the street in Barton county.

Since the beginning of July the Barton County Sheriff’s office has made arrests and seized five pounds of meth. That’s a street value of $200,000.

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said, “We’ve got some intelligence because of the last two or three raids we have dried up the supply a little bit but unfortunately there’s always somebody who’s going to be willing to step up and pick up the slack.”

The department is focusing on finding and arresting drug dealers to get bigger meth busts.

The Great Bend Police Department is also working to clean up the streets, they did a saturation patrol on Tuesday that resulted in ten arrests. Police Chief Cliff Couch says that these saturation patrols give a strong message, “”things defiantly get quiet after a while when we do that, we want the people who are dealing drugs out there to know that we’re serious.”

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