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December 2, 2013

Pittsburg man facing charges from chase, search of home

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The capture of a suspect who was chased by law enforcement across the state line into Kansas from Missouri led to a search of his home in Pittsburg and the seizure of drugs and money, according to authorities.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Monday that James D. Russian, 56, is facing multiple charges in connection with a chase late Wednesday night and then a search of his apartment at 503 W. Kansas St. in Pittsburg.

Crawford County deputies were dispatched at 11:03 p.m. Wednesday to the state line on U.S. Highway 160 regarding a suspect who Barton County, Mo., deputies were chasing. The Missouri deputies reportedly had tried to stop him for questioning about reported threats made by a man armed with a handgun.

The Crawford County sheriff’s office said Russian lost control of his vehicle, and it crashed near 570th Avenue and 250th Street. He got out and tried to run before being apprehended.

Authorities said the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle led to a search warrant on his home and the seizure of several packages of marijuana, methamphetamine, ingredients used in the manufacture of meth, a handgun and $23,000 in cash.

Russian is charged in Kansas with distribution of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug precursors, possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of meth, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing. Any charges that he might be facing in Missouri remain pending.

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