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Four arrested in narcotics bust

Friday, February 22, 2013

Three adults and one juvenile were taken into custody after Fort Scott Police officers executed a search warrant Wednesday afternoon of a local residence.

About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Scott Police Department officers arrived at 601 Heylman to serve a narcotics-related search warrant. Upon arrival, officers made contact with three adults and one juvenile, a news release said.

Marcus A. Rodriguez, 20, Tyler D. Fornoff, 19, and Vannessa M. Foster, 20, were all subsequently arrested and booked into the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center for felony possession of drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was transported to the police station and released to a guardian, the release said.

FSPD Interim Police Chief Travis Shelton said officers acted on the search warrant following an investigation that came about after receiving some tips from the community.

"We had some community tips that initiated the investigation," he said.

Shelton said the type of narcotics confiscated is not known at this time until testing on the substances is completed. He said officers are continuing an investigation connected to the narcotics warrant and additional charges may be submitted for prosecution.

"There may be possible additional narcotics-related charges," he said. "Suspected controlled substances are being submitted to the laboratory and additional charges may stem as a result."

Drug paraphernalia is defined by state statute as "all equipment and materials of any kind which are used, or primarily intended or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance and in violation of this act," according to information from FSPD Sgt. Det. Jason Pickert.

Felony drug paraphernalia include items used to manufacture, cultivate or distribute illegal drugs. Misdemeanor drug paraphernalia are items used to consume illegal drugs, the information said.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the release said.

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The drug problem in Fort Scott is out of control and getting worse.

-- Posted by walkingdead212 on Sat, Feb 23, 2013, at 3:40 PM

I was glad to see this. I have seen more anti-drug activity in the last few months than in the years before. The problem was let go for so long that it will take time to make any headway. I think people are waking up and realizing that unless something is done, every decent person in FS is going to jump ship so it is "do or die". I was happy to see that Sheldon was chosen for the interim position and hope that he shows his stuff and the people want to keep him. I can tell you that the drug activity is becoming legendary in the area. Get rid of the drug sales and the druggies will follow which will eliminate a low of the welfare population that continues to move into the county. I suppose they also heard that welfare was easy to get on in the county and add easy drug access.............. So, give it time and give it your support. Let the city/county officials know you want to see it cleaned up and share any information that you have with them and I would include the city manager and commission in that sharing because the more people you can involve, the less they can ignore it.

-- Posted by EyesOpen on Tue, Feb 26, 2013, at 11:53 AM

Congratulation to our police and sheriff officers on a great job. You can't will all the wars, yet you do a great job on winning the fights. I am so proud of our peace officers

-- Posted by Citizen4change on Wed, Feb 27, 2013, at 6:26 PM

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