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Archive for Thursday, November 19, 1998

POLICE: SUSPECT SUPPLIED METH IN LAWRENCEEUDORA

November 19, 1998

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Drug investigators raided a Lawrence apartment Tuesday night, shutting down an apparent methamphetamine supplier to Eudora.

An undercover drug investigator allegedly bought $1,000 worth of methamphetamine from Martin Stutzman, 18, three days this week, leading to his arrest.

Douglas County Undersheriff Kenny Massey said Stutzman represents a drug pipeline to methamphetamine users in Eudora and Lawrence.

"This guy was probably a substantial supplier of meth to Eudora," Massey said.

Investigators arrested Stutzman at his apartment in the 2000 block of Heatherwood Drive, where he was selling the methamphetamine, Massey said. The apartment is northeast of 23rd and Clinton Parkway.

"We purchased three times, approximately 3.5 grams of meth each time in the last three days," Massey said Wednesday morning.

Massey, who oversees the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit for the sheriff's department, worked on the case until 5 a.m. Wednesday. About three grams of methamphetamine and a quarter-pound of marijuana, along with scales and plastic bags used to weigh and package the drug, were seized.

Massey, however, said there's nothing to indicate the methamphetamine was made at Stutzman's residence. A 25-year-old man who was in the apartment when investigat ors served the search warrant was not arrested.

Massey said the drug unit became involved in the case after receiving a tip three weeks ago.

Prosecutors charged Stutzman with three counts of selling methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of drug tax stamp violations.

He remained in the Douglas County Jail on $10,000 bond Wednesday night and a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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

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