Twenty Arrested In Three-County Drug Bust - 08-09


A three county drug investigation has resulted in 20 individuals facing 100 criminal charges, including 32 felonies. Nineteen of the 22 cases investigated involved methamphetamine or ecstasy. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigations were initiated July 10 and ran through Aug. 1, and included execution of 12 search warrants; 10 in Guthrie County and one each in Carroll and Audubon Counties. Three firearms, more than $2,000 in suspected drug money along with marijuana, prescription drugs and methamphetamine were seized. Thirteen of those arrested were allegedly in possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver. One of those charged, David Elliott of Bayard, is alleged to have sold drugs to a minor, and another, Conner Weatherly of Bayard, had used the Bayard City Park as a delivery location. Four had active warrants. Five children have been removed from homes where drug violations are alleged to have occurred and five people are facing 14 counts of child endangerment. The cases remain under investigation and Guthrie County Sheriff, Marty Arganbright, says they are committed to pursuing drug violations in Guthrie County and the surrounding area. “His office,” he says, “will answer the call 24/7 to handle these quality of life investigations.” A full listing of those arrested and charged along with the agencies who assisted in the investigation is included below.