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Three arrested after instructions on dark web, methamphetamine found in traffic stop

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Three people have been put behind bars after a Topeka traffic stop found drugs, counterfeit items and instructions on how to get someone’s personal information on the dark web.

The Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office says three people were arrested after a traffic stop Tuesday night, May 17, and a resulting search warrant Wednesday.

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said a K9 unit pulled over a red 2003 Chevrolet Malibu in the 3600 block of SW Topeka Blvd. for a traffic violation. The driver, Jason R. Bell, 47, of Topeka, had a warrant for his arrest.

During the investigation into the traffic stop, deputies said illegal drugs and various counterfeit and fraudulent items were found. They said the fraudulent items included fake ID cards, bank cards, reams of forged checks, notebooks filled with personal information – names, dates of birth, banking information, etc. » lists of high-cap credit cards, various birth certificates, W2 forms, 10-99 forms, and vehicle titles.

Bell was sentenced to the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, 18 counts of identity theft, 10 counts of forgery, 27 counts of possession of stolen property, three counts of forgery, and one charge of counterfeiting US currency.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said the Drug Enforcement Unit under the Shawnee Co. Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a subsequent search warrant in the 900 block of NE Monroe St. During the investigation, he said illegal drugs – including pills – and firearms were found.

Following the search warrant, deputies said Charles Y. Puff, 44, and Melissa R. Loescher, 23, both of Topeka, were also arrested.

Puff was jailed for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, and criminal use of weapons.

Loescher was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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