A traffic stop in Augusta led to the capture of a man who was wanted by several local law enforcement agencies.
Augusta Safety Officer Derek Highbarger stopped Shawn Harden of Wichita for a traffic offense in the 1400 block of Custer Lane in the early morning hours Saturday.
Highbarger determined Harden’s license was suspended and he suspected drug activity.
Sergeant Chad McCluskey and K-9 officer Rico were called in and Rico alerted the officers to the presence of narcotics. Officers searched the vehicle and found 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine along with digital scales and records of recent drug sales.
Harden and a passenger, Timothy Shelton, also of Wichita were arrested.
Through additional investigation, the officers contacted the Wichita Police Department which received sufficient information to serve a search warrant at a residence in Wichita which led to the arrest of addition subjects and the seizure of more illegal drugs.
Harden was booked into the Butler County Jail for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics with no drugs tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia and using a communication device to arrange a drug sale. He was also found to have a $100,000 warrant through the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for drug distribution charges through that agency.
Shelton was transported to Sedgwick County for outstanding warrants.