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Ringgold County Sheriff

Published: Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. CDT

Joshua Kenichi Burgess, 26, of Bellevue, Nebraska, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding 4:25 p.m. Saturday in Ringgold County.

According to a Ringgold County Sheriff report, a traffic stop was done on Highway 25 south of Clearfield. During the stop, K-9 Heky was deployed and alerted to the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded 1.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Burgess was charged.

Burgess was released.

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Brandon Scott Baran, 21, and Chenell Renee Martinez, 19, both of Pueblo, Colorado, were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of stole property, motor vehicle, possession of stolen property exceeding $1,000 but less than $10,000, possession of marijuana, possession of burglary tools, possession of prescription drugs not prescribed to them and possession of drug paraphernalia 1:46 p.m. Sunday in Ringgold County.

According to a Ringgold County Sheriff report, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at the park in Benton. Upon arriving and making contact with Baran and Martinez, officers were notified one was listed as a missing person in Colorado. The vehicle was also listed as possibly stolen from Colorado. Baran and Martinez were detained pending confirmation on the status of the missing person.

K-9 Heky was deployed and alerted to the vehicle. After receiving confirmation of the missing person and stolen vehicle, Baran and Martinez were charged. The investigation led to finding a lot of stolen property including items such as credit cards, driver’s licenses, a laptop computer and a list of other items. The string of thefts appeared to span at least three states including Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa. Drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamine, were also seized, as well as drug paraphernalia consisting of dozens of marijuana and methamphetamine pipes.

The investigation continues as officers coordinate with other agencies and confirm seized property as stolen from other jurisdictions.

Baran and Martinez were each being held on $38,000 bond.

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