Two Lewis men are facing drug charges after an arrest last week by the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department.

Ivan Cushinberry, 58, and Kelvin Dabney, 51, were both arrested after search warrants resulted in the discovery and seizure of drugs and cash.

Around 9 a.m. on April 11, deputies with the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department served two separate drug-related search warrants in Lewis. The Lewis Police Department and Kansas Department of Revenue assisted in the investigation.

One search warrant was for a residence in the 400 block of West Avenue C and the other was for a Nissan passenger car. A large amount of marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs were discovered and seized.

A substantial amount of United States currency was also discovered and seized in relation to the illegal drugs.

"This was an 8-month investigation," said Undersheriff Robert Blackwell Jr., who declined to offer any more details.

Cushinberry has been charged with six counts of distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Dabney has been charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Cushinberry’s bond was set at $100,000 while Dabney’s bond was set at $75,000. Cushinberry has bonded out of jail and both men had initial appearances in court on Monday.

"Cushinberry’s bond was higher because he had more charges and a higher felony," said Edwards County attorney Mark Frame. "Monday was their initial court appearance. Both have preliminary hearings on April 27 — Dabney at 9:30 a.m. and Cushinberry at 1 p.m."

Both men requested court-appointed defense attorneys. Cushinberry is being represented by Charles Pike of Great Bend, while Dabney’s lawyer is Eric Harman of Dodge City.

 

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