Parsons police arrested two Parsons residents Monday night on drug and weapons charges and more charges are possible.
At 10:38 p.m. Monday police were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 20th to investigate a disturbance and a possible drug overdose, according to a release from Parsons Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig.
Officers found the alleged overdose victim, who was evaluated by Labette Health Ambulance Service personnel. The patient was OK so officers left, Ludwig wrote.
About 12 minutes later, officers were called back for a fight with a possible gun involved.
During the investigation, officers learned about stolen goods from a recent local burglary. Officers applied for and received a search warrant. The search turned up stolen goods, tools, illegal drugs and firearms. The discovery aided in the closure of a number of burglary cases in Parsons and Labette County, including a burglary in Altamont, Ludwig said.
Officers arrested Steven M. Leon, 29, on suspicion of aggravated assault, domestic battery, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers also arrested Jentri Nicole Wooden-Franklin, 24, of Parsons on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Leon could face charges related to the burglaries as that investigation continues. Investigators are still gathering victim information and identifying owners of stolen goods.
“This is another big win for the community of Parsons and the Parsons Police Department,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said. “Officers being able to identify stolen goods and get them back to their owners is always a win for everyone except the criminal. I want to take a moment to remind the citizens of Parsons and Labette County that when you have a criminal break into your home, vehicle, garage or whatever you own please file a police report. In that report be as descriptive as possible with what was stolen so that it can easily be identified as your belongings. Serial numbers along with make and model are the best to use, but owner applied markings or identifying features will get the job done. Just give law enforcement as much information as possible about the belongings.”
Leon and Wooden-Franklin are being held until seen by a district court judge.
Citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” Anyone with further information on this incident or any other criminal activity should contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the tip line at 421-7057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.