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Hugoton Police Make Theft/Drug Arrests

Joe Denoyer - August 29, 2022 5:34 pm

Two people are in custody and $6,000 worth of stolen meat has been returned to the owner. This incident started in Morton County when the victim filed a police report regarding packages of processed meat being stolen from a meat locker. Detective Lamatsch with the Hugoton Police Department received information that the stolen meat was in a Hugoton residence. Detective Lamatsch obtained a search warrant, which was executed on August 25th by members of the Hugoton Police Department and a K-9 Deputy from Morton County.

A search of the residence in the 900 block of S. Madison, resulted in the recovery of the stolen meat, as well as over 100 grams of Methamphetamine, over 10 doses of controlled substances, and drug sales paraphernalia. The investigation into the narcotics is ongoing. At the time of the search warrant, two adults and one juvenile were at the residence. As of August 29th, the following individuals are facing the listed charges. The juvenile was released to a family member.

Casey Argaz, 38, of Hugoton:
Distribute/possess w/intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia for illegal use.
Distribute opiate narcotic certain stimulant; 100grams less than 1 Kilogram
Distribute opiate opium narcotic certain stimulant; 10-100 grams
Endangering a child; aggravated endangering a child
Possession of stolen property.

Troy Johnson, 42, Moscow KS
Distribute/posses intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia for illegal use
Distribute opiate narcotic certain stimulant; 100grams less than 1 Kilogram

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, or other illegal activity, contact 620-544-4959
This was a successful investigation thanks to the cooperation of not only area law enforcement, bu the local community as well.


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