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Archive for Wednesday, July 8, 1998

RAID ON METH HOUSE NETSARRESTS

July 8, 1998

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No finished methamphetamine was found during a raid on an East Lawrence house, but authorities believe the arrests broke up a manufacturing lab.

Lawrence and Douglas County authorities raided a house Monday night and seized equipment and materials used to make methamphetamine.

Four people were arrested in the drug bust at 1625 Del., but prosecutors aren't filing charges until drug test results are returned from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Jerry Little said it may take two months for those results.

Those who were arrested are:

  • Kimberly Sue Lister, 27, Lawrence, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, violation of Kansas drug tax stamp laws, and felony and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Ray Lee D'Armond Jr., 41, Topeka, possession of a controlled substance.
  • Patricia Jeanette Cope, 29, Lawrence, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Kenneth Hoyt Morris, 41, Lawrence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests were made between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, when authorities, armed with a search warrant, raided the house. The four people who were arrested were the only ones in the house.

Undersheriff Ken Massey, who oversees the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit (the unit also includes representatives from the Lawrence Police Department and Jefferson and Franklin counties), said the raid resulted from a two-month investigation.

Massey said four grams of crack were seized, along with the materials used to make methamphetamine. Although there was no finished methamphetamine in the house, a significant amount of residue was found on the equipment, allowing authorities to arrest Lister and Cope for possession.

It wasn't immediately clear if the drug was made at the house, which is in an east Lawrence residential area.

``When they went in, they found most of the ingredients that it takes to make meth, but the lab was not up and working at that point,'' Massey said.

An undercover officer made a drug buy from the house, but Massey wouldn't say when or what drug was purchased.

``Basically, the whole investigation got started a few months ago after several calls from the public,'' Massey said.

No weapons or money were seized in the raid.

Although meth labs aren't prevalent in Douglas County -- this bust included, there have been six seized since January 1997 -- local prosecutors are seeing the drug more and more. Kansas is now ranked third in the nation for the number of methamphetamine arrests, according to the KBI.

There were only seven labs found in Kansas in 1995, but that number grew to 71 in 1996 and 99 last year. As of mid-June, 42 labs had been seized in the state.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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