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Emporia police made several methamphetamine-related busts recently at different locations after an initial drug arrest early Wednesday, authorities said Thursday.

In all, six more arrests were made after a young man, who was taken into custody in connection with drug possession, provided officers with information on other people involved in the use, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine.

Police Lt. Edward P. Owens said police arrested a 20-year-old man early Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Narcotics detectives were summoned to the scene and interrogated the man. Owens said the information led to search warrants at four Emporia locations.

Rodney N. Adams, 44, and Heather L. Houston, 29, were arrested at 502 Neosho Street, Apt. 3. They were booked into the Lyon County Jail in connection with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Owens said Houston also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

Michael Nogueras, 53, of 1321 Twilight Drive, was arrested in connection with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Owens said Nogueras also was taken to the Lyon County Jail.

Jennifer K. Branstetter, 33, was arrested at 637 Woodland Street on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine. Owens said officers found several inactive meth labs at that location, along with one active meth lab.

James “Donovan” Schnieder, 32, wasn’t present at 637 Woodland Street when the search warrant was executed, Owens said. An affidavit for Schnieder’s arrest was to be presented to the Lyon County Attorney’s Office for his arrest in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Owens said more information was ascertained during the aforementioned drug busts, which led narcotics detectives to execute a search warrant at Econo Lodge Motel, 2511 W. 18th Avenue, Room 138.

A packaged meth lab was found, Owens said, in the room being occupied by Gerald “Jerry” Ottenwalder, 41. Ottenwalder was arrested in connection with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.

Ottenwalder also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, Owens said.

The Emporia Police Department narcotics detectives contacted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to assist in the matter.


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