Local law enforcement officials dealt with a potentially explosive situation on Tuesday.

According to a release from Ford County Sheriff’s Office, at around 11:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office learned of an improvised explosive device — an IED — in Dodge City.

The Dodge City Daily Globe learned information regarding the device came due to an arrest in a joint operation between Dodge City Police Department and Ford County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an ongoing sheriff’s office case.

"Yes, an arrest was made in another case and our deputy heard about the IED," said Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr. "We acted on it as soon as we could."

According to the sheriff’s office, members of FCSO, DCPD, Ford County Fire/EMS and Dodge City Fire Department secured the location of the device while Kansas Highway Patrol was called concerning a specialized unit to take care of the IED.

DCPD Chief Drew Francis confirmed his department assisted on the response and coordination of the scene and getting needed resources to the area. Francis refused any further comment on the case, referring further questions be directed to Carr.

"The device was found in a local motel," the sheriff said. "The suspect, who is from out of town, is awaiting formal charges from the Ford County attorney."

Carr said KHP removed the device to a location in the county and rendered the IED safe.

"They did not detonate the IED," Carr said. "They were able to disarm it so there was no detonation."

Attempts to reach Kansas Highway Patrol for details on their procedures were unsuccessful.


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