Three Cherokee County residents were arrested as part of a drug investigation Thursday.

According to a release by Sheriff David Groves, as the result of a joint operation between the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter Springs Police Department and the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force, a search warrant was executed at 631 East 10th Street in Baxter Springs, just after 1 p.m. Thursday.

During the course of the search, investigators allegedly found suspected methamphetamine, some of which appeared to be packaged and ready for distribution.

The homeowner, 57 year-old Dennis Bunce, was arrested at the scene and is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of distributing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, using a communication device to further a drug transaction, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody in lieu of $21,000 bond.

Robert Wayne Robinson, 44, rural Columbus. was arrested at the scene on charges of methamphetamine possession. He is free on $5,000 bond.

Prior to executing the search warrant, investigators located and arrested 42 year-old, Kimberly Lane of Baxter Springs, on a related warrant for using a communication device to further a drug transaction.

Lane remains in the Cherokee County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Formal charges have been filed in Cherokee County District Court on Lane and charges were expected to be filed Friday on Bunce and Robinson.