A member of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation stands armed
and ready atop a Hummer during a manhunt Tuesday along U.S. 75.
Updated 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15
Jeremy Gaston | Editor
CARBONDALE—A tip led Osage County Sheriff’s Officers
to a suspected marijuana growing operation at 117th Street and
U.S. 75 north of Carbondale, where three arrests were made Tuesday
“We’ve been working on this for awhile to go in,”
said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn. “We went in early
and apprehended one subject, then two more.”
Officers arrived around 4:30 a.m., with first subject arrested
around 6:30 on property located south 117th Street and east of
U.S. 75 mile marker 143.
Two more suspects were apprehended around 9 a.m. following a search
of the property conducted by officers, with the assistance of
the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Coffey
County Sheriff’s Office and a Lyon County Sheriff’s
Marcelo Parra-Ocmo, 41, Kansas City, Mo., and Ernesto Duenas-Acoen,
20, were listed in the Osage County Jail log Wednesday for cultivation
of marijuana for arrests made June 14. An unnamed juvenile, 15,
was also arrested and jailed. Dunn stated the three appeared to
be living on the property.
According to Dunn, no other arrests were made and no weapons were
involved. Dunn stated the landowner was unawared of the operation,
“We covered a mile section from 117th Street to 125th Street
and U.S. 75 to Adams Road to make sure we didn’t have any
runners,” Dunn said.
In addition to the arrest, officers confiscated in excess of 5,000
plants, valued between $1,000 and $2,000 each, according to Dunn.
The plants were dispersed among a wooded area.
“They had it in an area larger than a football field,”
Dunn said. “It was a very tree-filled area.”
Dunn said the plants were photographed, documented and samples
of them will be taken to a lab. She said the plants had been destroyed
as of Wednesday.