BARTON COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a crime scene and have made an arrest.
Just after 8:30 Tuesday, Barton County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellinwood Police Department conducted a joint operation and executed a search warrant at a home in the 500 Block of South Humbolt Street in the city of Ellinwood, according to Sheriff Brian Bellendir.
Upon entry into the single residence officers located a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, firearms and drug paraphernalia.
Deputies arrested 40-year-old Scottie Schmidt, of Ellinwood and booked him on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a firearm and no drug tax stamp.
Schmidt is a registered drug offender and is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene several hours Tuesday night processing evidence.
Schmidt has previous convictions for Aggravated Indecent Solicitation of a child and Aggravated Indecent Liberties/Child less than 14;Fondling, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.