On Friday, February 3rd the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant in the 400 block of Kenyon in Jetmore, with the assistance of other member agencies from the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force.
Sheriff Ron Ridley advised that the search warrant was executed as part of an on-going investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Richard E. Pool, 47, and Theresa A. Otterstein, 49, both of Jetmore were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of controlled depressants, and unlawful possession of controlled stimulants. Pool was lodged in the Hodgeman County Jail and Otterstein was lodged in the Ford County Jail following their arrests. Bond for both individuals has been set at $25,000 each.
In this case, the Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ness County Sheriff’s Office, the canine unit from the Gray County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Ridley related to the Republican that participating in the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force allows partner agencies to pool resources to effectively target individuals who cross jurisdictional boundaries to buy, sell, or distribute illegal drugs in the 19 county task force area.
This search warrant follows a search of a residence in the 400 block of Main Street in Jetmore on Thursday, February 2nd where Hodgeman County Deputy Sheriffs seized drugs and drug paraphernalia. The suspect was not found at the residence at the time of incident. Charges are pending against a 21 year old Jetmore man for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in that case.
“We want to send a clear message to those individuals who use drugs or sell or distribute drugs in Hodgeman County that this type of activity will not be tolerated here.” Ridley stated, “If your business enterprise is illegal, close up shop, take it elsewhere, or go to jail.”