3 arrested in Riley Co. drug busts

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Detectives with the Riley County Police Department along with agents from the Department of Corrections State Parole Office conducted an investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs in the Riley County area yesterday.  The operation led to a search of a residence at 230 N. Walnut in Ogden, Kansas. Terrance Estes, 48, of Manhattan and Amanda Bluthardt, 34, of Ogden, Kansas were both arrested for drug related offenses as a result.

Estes was arrested for sale or distribution of stimulants, possession of paraphernalia used to grow or distribute marijuana, and unlawful possession of a hallucinogen. He was confined at the time of this release on $20,000.00 bond.

Bluthardt was jailed for the offenses of possessing opiates, opium or narcotic drugs and possession of paraphernalia used to grow or distribute marijuana. She was being held on $15,000.00 bond.

Further investigation led officers to apply for and execute a search warrant at 6030 Tuttle Terrace #30 in Manhattan; additional controlled substances and paraphernalia were located. Christopher Russo, 46, of Manhattan was also arrested.

Russo was jailed for the offenses of possession of opiates, opium or narcotic drugs, unlawful possession of a hallucinogen, and possession of paraphernalia to enter drugs into the human body. He was being held in lieu of $10,000.00 bond.

Methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia used for distribution as well as approximately $3,000.00 in U.S. currency were seized as evidence.

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