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One arrested in DEA-led drug raid near Lake Shawnee

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Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:02 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One person is behind bars following a drug bust early Thursday morning in a neighborhood near Lake Shawnee.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said the arrest stems from a larger investigation.

Around 6 a.m. Thursday residents in the 3100 block of SE Pisces Ave., near Aquarian Acres Park and Lake Shawnee, woke up to a large law enforcement presence in their neighborhood.

“We are executing a narcotics search warrant as part of a federal investigation, working together with our local partners,” said Miles Aley, Assistant Special Agent with the Kansas City DEA’s Office.

He confirms they found narcotics at a home in the area.

“One individual has been arrested,” Aley continued saying, “I do not want to go into anymore descriptors of that person, it is part of a larger narcotics investigation.”

He said busts like this, help disrupt the flow of drugs into our communities.

“We always try to identify as much of the distribution chain as we can,” Aley said. “We want to scoop them all up at once to try to make a bigger impact for the community and remove that organization’s ability to continue to do what they are doing.”

The DEA has partnered with local authorities on the “One Pill Can Kill” initiative to address an alarming increase in overdoses.

Aley said, “One of the things we are most concerned about right now is the counterfeit pills, the fentanyl scourge, and how many people we are losing to those overdose deaths and to the horrors of addiction...and how many families are being broken and shattered”

He adds even in a quiet lake community, these types of drugs reel their ugly head.

“They are everywhere, they are all around us, and we have got a real epidemic in this country and this area,” said Aley.

He encourages Kansans -- if you see something, say something.

“Please reach out. There is the DEA website, there are numbers you can call to speak to a duty agent and tell them about your concerns or reach out to your local law enforcement and get it documented,” Aley continued saying, “You may not see a result immediately, these investigations take time because we want to make sure everything is done right and so that we can remove these people from our community who are willing to sell poison to our citizens.”

According to the CDC, in 2021 overdose deaths in Kansas increased by nearly 50%.

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