A St. John man, 34-year-old Darren Halzle of rural St. John, was one of three arrested on drug related charges following the execution of a search warrant in Olmitz on July 31.
A St. John man was one of three arrested in Barton County during the execution of a search warrant on July 31 in Olmitz. Darren Halzle, 34 of rural St. John, was arrested on drug charges.
About 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 31, Barton County Sheriff's detectives executed a search warrant at 306 Garfield Street in Olmitz. Deputies made a force entrance into the residence and found three people, including Halzle, hiding in various locations, according to the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
During the residence search, sheriff's officers discovered approximately two and a half pounds of processed marijuana. Detectives also confiscated more than two ounces of methamphetamine. United States currency, scales, packaging material and other paraphernalia were also found at the residence.
Besides Halzle, also arrested were 26-year-old Josh Frydendall of Great Bend and 40-year-old Rachel Kelley of Olmitz. All three were booked into the Barton County Jail on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond on all three subjects is $100,000.
The Sheriff's Office is looking for a fourth resident who was not present when the warrant was executed. Eric Peters, 37, is wanted for questioning in connection with this case as well as questioning in an aggravated battery case, a rape case and criminal possession of a firearm.
Anyone with information of Peters' location should contact the Barton County Sheriff's Office at 620-793-1876 or call 911.
A K-9 officer from Great Bend Police Department assisted the Sheriff's Office in this case. More arrests are expected.
Halzle, Frydendall, Kelley and Peters are all considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.