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Parsons domestic violence call leads to drug arrest


PARSONS, Kan. — A call to the Parsons Police Department about a domestic violence incident recently led to the seizure of a significant amount of methamphetamine, the department announced Monday. 

At approximately 8:50 p.m. Friday, Parsons police were called to the area of 900 S. 26th St. for a report of domestic violence. There officers met with the victim and probable cause was established for the arrest of Justin Ray Cooper, 36, of Parsons, for domestic battery and other offenses, the PPD said in a press release. 

At approximately 9:20 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle that was registered to Cooper in the 500 block of South 26th Street. Officer Luke Schibi and Sgt. Tony Adamson conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. When Cooper was told he was under arrest, he allegedly became combative and resistive with officers. There was a short foot pursuit when Cooper allegedly fled from officers before being taken into custody. 

During the search incident to arrest, Cooper was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. There were multiple baggies containing approximately 136 grams or 4.8 ounces of methamphetamine, according to the PPD, with an estimated street value of nearly $14,000 if a gram sale is close to $100.  

“This is an example of a broken system,” said Lt. Kyle Wiford. “Cooper has a long and prolific criminal history dating back 20 years.”  

PPD Chief Robert Spinks also commented on the arrest. 

“Cooper is a registered Violent and Drug offender, which stems from convictions in 2010 for Voluntary Manslaughter and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance. Cooper was paroled in January of 2021 and his parole expired on January 16th, 2023. Two weeks later, he is committing serious felonies in Parsons,” Spinks said in the release. 

Cooper was arrested for domestic violence, criminal trespassing, unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with law enforcement.  

This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It,” the PPD said. If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, they can contact the Parsons Police Department at 620-421-7060, call the tip line at 620-421-7057, or email at [email protected].