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Drug Sales Lead to Arrests


William Gonzales
William Gonzales
Richard Markley
Richard Markley

On Friday afternoon, February 18th, 2011, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Baxter Springs Police Department and the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force, executed a search warrant at 117 East 17th Street in Baxter Springs.


Over the past several months, officers have been investigating allegations that the resident of the home was selling illegal narcotics.


While executing the search warrant, investigators discovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


Two men were taken into custody as a result of the investigation.


William Gonzales, 44, of the home, faces 4 counts of distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, 3 counts of violating the controlled substance act by using a communication device to further a drug crime, 4 counts of no drug tax stamp, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


While Gonzales has yet to be formally charged, an 11th Judicial District Judge has ordered that he be detained in lieu of $30,000.00 bond..


Also arrested at the scene was 18 year-old Richard Markley of Mackville, Kansas.


Markley faces charges of felony possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


Markley posted $4,000.00 bond and was released from custody.



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