KHP nabs big ecstasy stockpile
A San Antonio man has been bound over for trial on charges stemming from the discovery of 269 pounds of the drug ecstasy -- nearly 400,000 pills with a street value of about $7.8 million.
Edgar E. Juarez, 20, was bound over Thursday for trial in Ellis County District Courton charges of possession of ecstasy with the intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp, according to Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees.
Juarez was arrested and the drugs seized after a chain of events initiated by the Kansas Highway Patrol with assistance from the Ellis County Sheriff's office. Juarez remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
He was arrested Dec. 4.
Drees said the arrest was made after a KHP trooper pulled over a U-Haul truck that was following too close behind a Cadillac.
After the driver of the U-Haul was ticketed for the traffic violation, the trooper proceeded ahead where he had spotted the Cadillac pull off Interstate 70 parking at a nearby convenience store.
"He ended up fleeing from the officer on foot," Drees said of Juarez.
He was arrested after hiding out in a room at a nearby motel.
"He took off running to an adjacent motel," Drees said.
After that took place, the trooper asked the sheriff's office to bring its drug dog up to the location and the dog indicated the presence of drugs. The stash of ecstasy was found in the trunk of the car.
The preliminary hearing was one of several cases heard Thursday, Drees said.
Probation for Brandon Ruder, 24, Hays, was revoked Thursday by District Judge Ed Bouker. Ruder had originally been convicted on a single count of felony battery on a law enforcement officer.
Drees said the revocation came based on Ruder's Dec. 17 arrest for driving under the influence, when the car he was driving hit a mobile home, two cars and went through a fence. He will now serve the 12 months in prison on the battery charge.
Also Thursday, Drees said Bradley G. Hawkins, 25, 705 E. Sixth, waived his preliminary hearing on a charge of felony abuse of a child. He had previously been bound over on a separate abuse of child charge in April.
No trial date has been set.
Published on -1/3/2010, 7:49 PM
I can't believe states still have drug tax stamp laws, which basically serve no purpose but to add charges (tax evasion in essence) to drug crimes. How this can be constitutional, when there is no legal way to get a tax stamp, nor can I see how it is constitutional to tax an outlawed substance. Furthur, wouldn't this fall under the same category as the "marihuana tax act" used against Timothy Leary in the 60's and declared unconstitutional in the Leary VS United States appeal?
also- confused why the date on the article is Jan 3 when they say the arrest was made Dec 4?