Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

BAXTER SPRINGS — Six people were arrested Friday by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department along with the Baxter Springs Police Department and elements of the Kansas Highway Patrol on meth charges.

Roy D. Vanhorn, 20, Baxter Springs, Tiffany K. Tush, 26, Carthage, Mo., James M. Keils, 18, Tahlequah, Okla., Gary Smith, 33, Baxter Springs, Brandon G. McCoy, 32, Baxter Springs and Carl A. Henderson, 28, Galena, were all arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth precursor chemicals and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said the search warrant was served just before 6 a.m. by the KHP Special Response Team at 316 Garfield in Baxter Springs.

Groves said five suspects were arrested at the scene and one fled on foot and was captured swiftly.

“The property is on a dead end driveway and bordered by the river,” Groves said.

He said the department had been investigating the alleged manufacturing operation for several months.

Groves said the alleged operation was “not large,” but was “a significant” operation.

All six suspects are being held in the Cherokee County Jail on $50,000 bond.