A heavy law enforcement presence in Parsons on Friday and Saturday netted arrests for charges ranging from felony drug crimes to traffic infractions.

On Friday and Saturday, the Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Task Force conducted a narcotics saturation patrol to target illegal drugs in Parsons. K-CAT partnered with multiple agencies in the operation: The Labette County Sheriff’s Office, Chanute police and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. 

The saturation patrol was able to use two K-9 units from the Chanute Police Department and one from the Labette County sheriff to assist in the detection of illegal drugs. 

“I appreciated this partnership with Chanute and Labette County because the benefit of having a K-9 is an invaluable asset to any true narcotics operation,” K-CAT Acting Commander Kyle Wiford said in a prepared statement. “A special thanks to Sheriff Darren Eichinger and (Chanute) Chief Raymond Hale for their personal partnership by coming to Parsons with their officers and assisting in this operation.”

This targeted patrol made 35 traffic stops that resulted in 10 arrests. The officers also gave drivers 23 warnings and issued 10 citations for traffic issues. Of the 12 arrests, five were felony arrests and seven were misdemeanor arrests.

“We were able to seize methamphetamines, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the arrests and get them off of the streets,” Wiford said. 

The task force was able to develop additional crime leads that are being followed up by the police department and its investigations division.

The following were arrested during this operation for felonies:

— Skylar Duncan, 34, of Parsons for two felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants;

— David Hinman, 33, of Parsons on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and other misdemeanor counts or infractions;

— Gabriel Duncan, 30, of Parsons on suspicion of possession of meth and traffic violations;

— Dakeshia Reece, 28, of Parsons for a felony warrant;

— Karen Murphy, 53, of Parsons on suspicion of possession of meth and misdemeanor charges and traffic violations.

The remaining arrests were for misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses.

“I am pleased with the efforts of the K-CAT operation. It was a great partnership between agencies and showed a lot of teamwork. This is also a reminder to the criminals in the area that we will not allow there to be an influx of illegal drugs into our community. This operation does great things like provide officers with valuable information about who is possessing and transporting illegal drugs. It also allows the opportunity for officers to gain intel to continue the fight on drugs. We want to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the community. If we can make a deal with a low-level offense to bring a trafficker to justice, then that is a fair trade,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said in the statement. 

Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig said social media was active in Parsons on Friday because of the high visibility of law enforcement in town. 

“We will continue to deploy the K-CAT Taskforce and their partners throughout 2021,” Ludwig said in the statement. 

Citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” Anyone with information on criminal activity should contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, the tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.

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