Drug investigation puts 90 behind bars in NE Kansas

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It’s the biggest drug bust the Junction City Chief of Police has ever seen. 90 people arrested in Junction City, Manhattan, Grandview Plaza and Ogden. All part of a 13-month investigation involving the conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine called Operation Adabag.

“About October as I recall was when we really started to identify that this was a significant ring that was operating in our area, distributing crack cocaine,” says Chief of Police in Junction City, Tim Brown.

It’s a drug that Brown says contributes heavily to Junction City’s crime, which increased 13% last year.

“I think we’ve really made a big impact on crime hopefully in the communities involved,” he adds.

Geary County Attorney Steve Opat says more often than not, crime repeats itself.

“Part of our aim is to prevent the repetitive nature of these crimes and if you allow them to go on, they go on unimpeded, hopefully this will put a dent, and it’ll slow things down and people will see the impact in the future,” Opat says.

Many of those arrested are familiar with law enforcement, says Opat. They could face serious time behind bars.

“If some of these cases are referred to the US attorney, some of the sentences could be as much of a lifetime,” Opat adds.

All from a collaboration of six law enforcement agencies. Riley County Police Director Brad Schoen hopes this sends a message to taxpayers.

“This is what you pay for, you got your money’s worth today, it’s not every place you can go and see people work together like this,” Schoen says.

He also hopes it sends a message to the bad guys still out there.

“Just know you really can’t hide, if you’re on the radar, we’re going to work together to find you,” he adds.

17 children were placed in protective custody as a result of the arrests. Officials expect to make more arrests, as this investigation is ongoing.

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