IPD, KBI make key meth arrests


January 24, 2013 - 12:00 AM

The Iola Police Department, along with Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents, made key arrests last week in the fight against methamphetamine production and sales.
On Jan. 19, police officers and KBI agents executed a search warrant at 424 N. Cottonwood St. to execute a search warrant.
After the search, Christopher Lee Trautloff, 29, and Sierra Renee Trautloff, 27, both of Iola, were arrested and taken to the Allen County Jail. They remain in custody.
Officers are requesting charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, unlawful use of a communication facility to facilitate a felony drug transaction, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia used to ingest illegal narcotics be filed through the Allen County attorney’s office.
Information gathered from the Trautloff residence led to the arrest of another suspected drug trafficker, Thadeus Hutton.
On Jan. 22, officers arrested Hutton in the 600 block of North Cottonwood Street for suspicion of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, distributing or marketing precursors for illegal use, possession of hallucinogens, possession of drug paraphernalia, using a communication facility in the commission of a felony and no possession of a drug tax stamp.
He also is being held in the Allen County Jail.
Iola Police Chief Jared Warner declined to offer additional details regarding the arrests, in order not to hinder any ongoing investigation.
“The Iola Police Department is dedicated to working on drug investigations and keeping drugs off the street,” Warner said. “Over the past year we have made progress on several drug investigations.”
Warner said it was important to recognize the police department’s hard work.
With new technology, he said the investigation process is becoming more complicated and in depth.
“We have the right personnel dedicated to the investigation. It is both time-consuming and tedious,” Warner said.

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