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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • UPDATE: Greensburg couple arrested for suspected marijuana cultivation, other counts

  • Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department officers and member of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations served a search warrant on Wednesday evening that resulted in the arrest of two Greenburg residents for suspicion of manufacturing marijuana.


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  • Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department officers and member of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations served a search warrant on Wednesday evening that resulted in the arrest of two Greenburg residents for suspicion of manufacturing marijuana.
    The two suspects, Joshua and Jennifer Brown of Greensburg, were in court on Tuesday for their first appearance on five charges.
    Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations and an officer from the Dodge City Police Department served a search warrant last Wednesday evening resulting in the arrest of two Greenburg residents for suspicion of cultivating marijuana.
    Law enforcement officials executed the search warrant on the evening of June 6 at a two-story house on Morton Street, across from Kiowa County High School.
    Officers entered the property, making two arrests and removing marijuana and alleged marijuana cultivation equipment from the premises.
    During their search police confiscated a laptop computer, a thermometer, two electric bills, two cell phones, grow equipment, 5 grams of marijuana and two marijuana plants.
    The two suspects, Joshua and Jennifer Brown of Greensburg appeared in court on Thursday for their first appearance on four charges.
    Both are being charged with identical counts of unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school zone, contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each has a pair of possession of paraphernalia charges, one for the alleged possession of “grow tents, lights, humidifier and pots” and one for the alleged possession of “mason jars.”
    Following a reading of the charges, both were granted court-appointed attorneys and Judge Ann L. Dixson set their bonds at $75,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. June 20.
    Kansas’s sentencing guidelines stipulate a sentence of 46-83 months in jail and a maximum $200,000 fine for the cultivation charge, with no presumption of probation. The contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation charge carries an 11- to 34-month sentence, a maximum $100,000 fine with possible probation. The drug paraphernalia charges both carry a maximum 12-month sentence and a maximum $2,500 fine.
    Mrs. Brown could receive up to 12 months in jail if she is convicted of the marijuana possession charge, and Mr. Brown, having been previously convicted of possession, could face a 10-42 month sentence if convicted. 
    There were four children living in the house, two girls, ages 8 and 13 and two boys, ages 7 and 10. The sheriff’s office said they had contacted juvenile intake in Dodge City to assist with placement of the children.
    It is unclear whether any of the children were at home at the time of the search warrant.  
    Mr. Brown had previously been employed by the Kiowa County School District, which  confirmed that he had been hired on Aug. 2, 2010 as a custodian, and that he had been terminated on Oct. 19, 2011.
    Page 2 of 2 - The execution of the warrant was the result of a multiple month investigation headed by Kiowa County Deputy Sheriff Chris Tedder, according to Sheriff Kendal Lothman.
    “I’d say it was very standard,” said Lothman, commenting on the execution of the search warrant. “We take each situation on a case-by-case basis, but in this instance we just walked up to the house and knocked on the door.”
    Both are being charged with identical counts of unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school zone, contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each has a pair of possession of paraphernalia charges, one for the alleged possession of “grow tents, lights, humidifier and pots” and one for the alleged possession of “mason jars.”
    Following a reading of the charges, both were granted court-appointed attorneys and Judge Ann L. Dixson set their bond at $75,000.
    A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 20 at 3:30 p.m.
    The search warrant, served by law enforcement officials including Kiowa County Undersheriff Richard McVey and Chris Tedder, was the result of a multiple month investigation by Tedder, the lead investigator.
    “I’d say it was very standard,” said Sheriff Kendal Lothman, commenting on the execution of the search warrant. “We take each situation on a case-by-case basis, but in this instance we just walked up to the house and knocked on the door.”
    Lothman said that the sheriff’s department had contacted juvenile intake in Dodge City to handle the four children living in the house. It is unclear whether any of the children were at home at the time of the search warrant.  
     
     
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