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The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

Three Ark Citians arrested on suspicion of drug, firearms

Bond set at $4,500 for Duarte, McHargue; Ranger accused of meth, firearm

Arkansas City Police Department badgeARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (Feb. 11, 2019) The Arkansas City Police Department arrested three Arkansas City residents Feb. 7 after executing a search warrant regarding suspected drug activities.

Danny Duarte, 28, was arrested on suspicion of felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a depressant, as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $4,500 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City.

Amber Meleise McHargue, 31, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

She was booked into the county jail in lieu of $4,500 bond through Ark City district court.

Cody Christopher Ranger, 26, was arrested on suspicion of felony counts of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug-sale paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor counts of no drug tax stamp for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ranger was transported to and booked into the county jail in lieu of $32,500 bond through Arkansas City district court.

All three individuals remained in custody at the time of this release.

Officers responded Feb. 6 to a residence at 526 S. Sixth St. for a report of a burglary.

As they canvassed the surrounding area, they found items behind a residence at 523 S. Fifth St. that belonged to the burglary victim.

They attempted to contact the homeowner, but were unable to speak with anyone at that time.

About 3:15 a.m. Feb. 7, an officer observed a vehicle in the driveway and lights on at the residence at 523 S. Fifth St. He could smell a strong odor of marijuana while standing on the front patio.

The officer also was able to observe illegal drug activities taking place, providing probable cause for a search warrant, which was applied for, obtained and executed later that morning.

During a search of the residence, officers located a loaded firearm and items related to drug sales.

Both Duarte and McHargue reside at 523 S. Fifth St., while Ranger is listed as homeless.

A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law.