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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Two arrested in meth bust

  • Pratt police arrested two local residents Thursday for the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Following a two month long investigation and based upon observations by alert patrol officers, police obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of North Jackson.


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  • Pratt police arrested two local residents Thursday for the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Following a two month long investigation and based upon observations by alert patrol officers, police obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of North Jackson.
    The search of the residence revealed materials necessary for the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine and the drug methamphetamine itself.
    As a result of the investigation, police arrested a man and woman residing in the home.  They are identified as 22-year-old Lea Abel and 25-year-old Chadly Beck.
    At present, charges against both subjects include unlawful Manufacture of metham phetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of methamphetamine.
    Bond has been set at $100,000 each.
    Pratt police maintain a minimum of two officers certified for working in chemically dangerous environments so that clandestine laboratories can be cleaned up with minimum delay.
    “It’s been a while since our [police] last clan lab seizure and this should serve as a reminder to area citizens that they’re still out there and being actively investigated” said Det. Jeff Ward.
    Ward said that the numbers of methamphetamine laboratories seized by both Pratt police and the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office have dropped in recent years, mainly because the liability and risk of discovery and prison sentences have convinced many involved in methamphetamine use that it’s easier to purchase methamphetamine imported from other areas than to take the chance of being caught in or around a methamphetamine laboratory.
    Since becoming involved in these investigations, area police have seized several hundred methamphetamine laboratories, most being seized between 1999 and 2005. Around that time, the State of Kansas adopted pro-active legislature that restricts the purchase and availability of one of the primary ingredients: cold medications containing pseudo-ephedrine.  This legislation has greatly increased the ability for law enforcement to monitor persons suspected of operating these dangerous and sometimes lethal laboratories.

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