Two charged following Tuesday morning raids
At dawn, Tuesday morning, officers with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Police Department, and the Kansas Highway Patrol Special Response Team executed a search warrant at the home of Michael Ray, located at 400 South Delaware in Columbus.
During the course of the search, investigators discovered equipment and chemicals, which are consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Ray, age 35, was not at the residence at the time of the search.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., the same morning, officers with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol Special Response Team, Kansas Bureau of Investigation Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Weir Police Department executed another search warrant at 8790 Northeast 20th, just outside of the Weir City Limits.
During the course of that search, officers found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, other narcotic related items, and weapons.
Michael Ray, along with another suspect, David Mays, 38, of rural Weir, were found at the residence.
Ray and Mays were taken to the Cherokee County Jail.
They both remain in custody in lieu of $50,000.00 bond each.
Ray has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Opiates with a Prior Conviction, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction, and Possession of Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia.
Mays has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal In Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.