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81 arrested in drug probe

Crack cocaine, firearms seized in multi-agency investigation

By The Mercury

Eighty-one people have been arrested as part of a massive investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in Riley and Geary counties. 

The arrests came after officers from multiple agencies spent the last two days searching 54 locations throughout Manhattan, Junction City, Ogden and Grandview Plaza in what law-enforcement officials called the “culmination” of the investigation.

During the searches, a variety of narcotics and 17 firearms were seized, and officials said, a number of children, all of whom have been placed in protective custody, were displaced.

KBI officials said the investigation, conducted for the past 13 months, involved the use of undercover officers and agents, confidential informants and surveillance.

In addition to the KBI, the Geary County Attorney’s Office, Junction City Police Department, Geary County Sheriff’s Office, Riley County Police Department and the Grandview Plaza Police Department contributed to the investigation.

Officials said additional arrests are expected. Fifty-four search warrants were served throughout Junction City, Grandview Plaza, Manhattan, and Ogden.

Additional information will be released during a news conference Thursday at 4 p.m. in Junction City.

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