Mexican Meth in Salina
KSAL Staff - June 23, 2014 11:55 am
A Drug Task Force investigation leads to 2 arrests.
According to Task Force Commander Captain Jim Norton, suspected drug activity prompted police to use surveillance at the Salina Howard Johnson Inn, 222 E. Diamond Drive, focusing on room #216 Friday night just before 8pm.
Captain Norton tells KSAL News that police saw a number of people coming and going from the room and officers did a “stop and knock” on the door.
Officers ordered a search warrant after they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside and saw drugs in plain view.
The Task Force confiscated over seven ounces of methamphetamine from the room with an estimated street value between $13,000 to $18,000, along with $2,246 in suspected drug proceeds.
Police arrested 28-year-old Edgar Gomez-Ascencio and 27-year-old Kelsie Maholland. Both are facing numerous charges for possession and distribution of meth.
Captain Norton tells KSAL News that he’s 90-percent certain that this brand of meth was made in Mexico.
No other arrests are expected in the case.