When officers burst into a home in Eudora this week serving a drug search warrant, they weren't expecting to find an AK-47 assault rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and a bulletproof vest.
"I think they were totally shocked," Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem said Friday.
The Eudora officers, with help from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ended up arresting a 22-year-old man who lives in the home on Ithaca Court.
"What the officers found was a little larger than they expected," Dahlem said. "I think that this particular individual, for a town the size of Eudora, he was prepared."
Police had been investigating the man, identified as Dustin E. Stoneking, for about four weeks after receiving a tip from the community about suspicious activity, Dahlem said. They served a search warrant Thursday evening and seized items from the home including prescription drugs, marijuana, methamphetamine, scales, cash, at least five smoking pipes, and an instruction book on how to roll joints.
Gero, the county's drug-sniffing dog, assisted during the search of the home.
Stoneking was charged Friday in District Court with possessing morphine, drug paraphernalia, and the prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone, but with no charges related to firearms or the other drugs. Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said he expected to file more charges in the case but that he could only file what he had paperwork to substantiate on Friday.
"If we didn't charge what we had at the time, he would have been released without anything" being filed, Branson said.
District Court Judge Stephen Six set Stoneking's bond at $2,500, the amount requested by prosecutors, and set his next court date for Wednesday.