Parsons man arrested         on drug, theft and counterfeit charges


A citizen tip on a reckless driver led a sheriff’s deputy to a stolen car driven by a Parsons man who allegedly was transporting drugs, counterfeit money and checks, a stolen handgun and a homemade explosive device.

A Labette County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Tyler D. Vickrey, 26, of Parsons Saturday morning near 22000 and Gray Road. Vickrey had wrecked the car, a 2006 Nissan Altima, which ended up in the west ditch.

Vickrey has a suspended driver’s license and ran when the deputy tried to arrest him. The deputy caught up to Vickrey and arrested him after a minor scuffle. 

A release from Sheriff Darren Eichinger said during the investigation, the deputy learned the Altima had been stolen in Wichita. It still had a 60-day tag on it. A search of the vehicle turned up a purple-handled handgun that was stolen from Fredonia. 

Then deputies found an explosive device in the vehicle and halted their search. The Kansas Highway Patrol bomb squad responded and removed the device, which was considered a live device.

Further search of the car turned up items related to the distribution of methamphetamine, including about 11 grams of meth, a digital scale and other items. 

He was being held on suspicion of distribution of meth, criminal use of explosives, possession of explosives (felon within five years of a conviction), criminal possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, interference with an officer, possession of counterfeit currency ($130 worth), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vickrey also possessed several counterfeit U.S. Treasury checks.

Vickrey’s bond is set at $50,000. 

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