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Salina Police Officer Honored

Todd Pittenger - March 18, 2014 10:10 pm

2013 Kansas Narcotics Officer of the Year Brent Rupert (left) and Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson (right).

2013 Kansas Narcotics Officer of the Year Brent Rupert (left) and Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson (right).

A Salina Police Officer is honored as one of the best in his line of enforcement. 

Master Police Officer Brent Rupert has been named the 2013 Kansas Narcotics Officer of the Year. The narcotics law enforcement organization, which was founded 22-years-ago, has over 630 members.

Salina Police Captain Jim Norton tells KSAL News that Rupert was recognized for “Operation 7 Falls”.

Working with the I 135 / I 70 Drug Task Force, Rupert was instrumental in a case that involved trafficking of large amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana from Colorado to Salina. Norton says “because of his thoroughness we were able to show that over 20 pounds of meth was imported, and over $150,000 in drug proceeds changed hands”. Norton also says that two motorcycles which were stolen in Salina and traded for drugs were also recovered as a part of the case.

Before all was said and done, there were multiple federal indictments as a result of “Operation 7 Falls”.

Norton adds “Brent wasn’t really trying to get any awards, he credits the whole task force for its work on the case”.

Rupert, who started at the Salina Police Department as a dispatcher in 1994, was presented the officer of the year award at the Kansas Narcotics Officers Association Annual Conference in Topeka last week.

Rupert is the second Salina Police Officer to receive the honor. In 2009 Chad McCary was honored for his drug task force work in “Operation Full Throttle”.

Jef Huggins

March 19, 2014 at 3:33 am

ironically, in my 25+yrs as a casual drug user, the cost of drugs has not risen at all, even considering inflation. That tells you one hard fact. The drug war has had 0 impact on the availability of drugs. Good job Mr. Rupert.

Fred Hanson

March 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

You got to be kidding me. Giving an award for doing so little. Drugs have been pouring into Salina for over 25 years with very little being done. Really just two motorcycles with all the millions of dollars of stolen items in Salina? I guess if I did so little to receive an award I would refuse it. Enjoy your 5 minutes in the spotlight.

Fuchs Mi

March 20, 2014 at 12:38 am

Hey Fred you are dead on with your comments. I question why he never busted one important person in the drug trade. Our police are so hungry to make extra money doing seatbelt tickets so they can get overtime kind of makes me wonder how many are on the take especially when it comes to drugs.

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