Charles Leverich

Staff Writer

BAXTER SPRINGS — A search warrant served on March 16 led to the arrest of two men in Baxter Springs in connection with the manufacture of Methamphetamine. Baxter Springs Police Chief David Edmondson reported 51 year-old Teddy D. Lawson, of Baxter Springs, and 30 year-old Charles Grinder, of Quapaw, Okla., were arrested following a citizen’s report of suspicious activity at 1805 Choteau.

The joint raid by Baxter Springs Police and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department uncovered methamphetamine and items associated with the manufacture of the substance from the residence.

Grinder was charged with unlawful manufacture of controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals and possession of paraphernalia.

Grinder also had a felony warrant out of Oklahoma for parole violation and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“Original information obtained by anonymous citizens was the key to this successful warrant,” Edmondson said. “Citizens are encouraged to contact the Police Department if they observe high amounts of traffic, suspicious behavior or chemical odors in their neighborhood. Callers can remain anonymous. Citizens typically see the signs of narcotic activity before law enforcement and tips are appreciated to help law enforcement begin their investigations.”

Grinder remains in the Cherokee County Jail without bond. Lawson was released after not seeing a judge within 48 hours.

According to Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard as of press time neither had been formally charged.