Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

WEIR — A Weir man is in the Cherokee County Jail for the second time in less than 6 months. Mickey Bunce, 43, Weir, was arrested just after 11 a.m. Friday on methamphetamine charges, along with three others.

Bunce was arrested Nov. 30, 2010 on burglary charges.

According to a release from Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics related search warrant at 711 West Main in Weir.

In a telephone interview Monday, Groves said law enforcement found evidence suggesting Bunce and his compatriots Michael Barton, 35, and Angela Jameson, 39, were allegedly using the one pot or “shake and bake,” method which Groves said is the new method being used by meth cooks locally, as well as evidence to suggest the “red and black,” method was also in use.

Groves said the “red and black” method uses red phosphorus and black iodine.

Groves said an entry team from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation made the initial

Bunce, 43, of Weir is being held in the Cherokee County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on suspicion of manufacturing meth, possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture meth, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Barton and Jameson, both also of Weir, are also being held in lieu of $50,000 bond each, on identical charges.

Cassie James, 23, of Pittsburg was also arrested on two counts of aggravated child endangerment. James was released on $75,000 bond.