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Two in Jail on Meth Charges


William Gonzales
William Gonzalez
Stevie Ann Barrera
Stevie Ann Barrera


Two in Jail on Meth Charges

As part of an ongoing investigation into illegal methamphetamine manufacturing in Baxter Springs, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter Springs Police Department, Quapaw Tribal Marshal’s and the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant at 117 East 17th Street in Baxter Springs, at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Monday night.

While conducting a search of the property, investigators discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab, including chemicals in various stages of the manufacturing process, finished methamphetamine and marijuana.

Arrested at the scene were William Gonzalez, 47, of the home and 32 year-old Stevie Ann Barrera, of Miami, Oklahoma.

Both suspects were taken into custody and are currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond on allegations of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursor Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

The search warrant on Monday night is part of an ongoing investigation, which also resulted in the execution of a search warrant on July 1st, 2013, at 1041 Cleveland Street in Baxter Springs, where Jimmy Riddle, Sue Maxwell and James Edwards were all taken into custody of meth manufacturing related charges.

As the investigation continues, additional arrests are anticipated.

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