For the second time in as many months, the service of a search warrant in a drug case has led to the clearing of a home.
Newton Police and the Harvey County Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 800 block of E Ninth, leading to three arrests. While officers were in the home, they requested an inspection by city inspection staff.
Following that inspection, the home was deemed uninhabitable.
"It was so bad in the house, they called the inspector over," said Lt. Scott Powell of the Newton Police Department. "They pretty much shut it down. ... Officers found some guns, some pills and they found some methamphetaine."
Arrested were Kevin D. Miller, 33, of Newton, Jessica R. Miller, 29, Newton and Nakiesha D. Mason.
Kevin D. Miller was arrested at a different location, though his charges of distribution of opiates and no drug tax stamp were connected to the search warrant.
"They arrested him away from his house, and then did a search warrant on his house," Powell said.
As of Monday, Kevin D. Miller was still in the Harvey County Detention Center. No bond has been set.
Jessica R. Miller was arrested for failure to appear and possession of opiates.. Nakiesha D. Mason was arrested for posssession of opiates.
This is the second time in less than 60 days that a drug search warrant has led to a building inspection that did not allow persons back in their home.
Members of the Newton Police Department executed a search warrant Sept. 27 in downtown Newton, searching two businesses in the 100 block of West Sixth. Police searched “Let ‘Em Play,” a video game room at 114 W. Sixth, and “Let ‘Em Stay,” a transitional housing project by the game room owners at 116 1⁄2 W. Sixth.
Police found small amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 116 1⁄2 W. Sixth — the upstairs portions of the building. They also found evidence of an unlicensed daycare.
City building inspectors also paid a visit to the building, as did the city fire marshal. The 116 1⁄2 West Sixth address, the upstairs portion of the build- ing, was condemned by the fire marshal — deemed unsafe for occupancy for “multiple fire code, zoning, electrical and life safey violations.”
Let ‘Em Play and Let ‘Em Stay shared the building with Druber’s Daylight Donuts. Both Let ‘Em Play and Let ‘Em Stay later closed.