CPD, KBI, others arrest 16 so far
June 6 was a busy day for the Chanute Police Department as a months-long methamphetamine distribution investigation came to fruition.
The operation was dubbed “Operation Street Sweeper,” and was a joint investigation with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs took about two months to complete. On Wednesday, with assistance from the Neosho County Attorney’s office, warrants were obtained and executed, resulting in 16 arrests in two counties.
The following individuals were arrested on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine, along with other lesser charges in most of the cases:
Aubrey M. McKinney, 44, Humboldt; and Chanute residents: Foster A. Curls, 37; Wade W. Wilson, 48; Jeremy M. Wilmot, 39; Shelby T. Young, 27; Jeffery R. Sinclair, 32; Heather R. Treiber, 38; Patrick J. Blanchard, 40; Brion L. Dinkel, 45; Rickie A. Blanchard, 29; Donna R. Brewer, 36; Tim L. Ingles, 29; Heather A. Cox, 43; and James A. Briggs, 50.
Also arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance were Jessica M. Coyer, 40, Chanute, and Ashten N. Wilson, 22, Chanute.
The suspects were booked into the Neosho County and Allen County jails. Criminal complaints have been filed against in Neosho County District Court and will be prosecuted by Linus A. Thuston, Neosho County Attorney.
The joint operation represented a coordinated law enforcement effort to combat drug violence and reduce the accessibility of illegal drugs affecting southeast Kansas, the KBI said.
This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.