KBI: Russell Residents Arrested On Meth, Gun Charges


Two Russell residents were arrested last week on meth and gun charges, according to a news release from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

At approximately 7 a.m. Thursday, KBI agents and investigators executed search warrants at two properties in Russell and on a vehicle the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped along I-70, around 3 miles east of Dorrance. The vehicle was occupied by Richard Kerns, 63, of Russell, and Beverly Driscoll, 65, also of Russell.

During the searches, law enforcement officers located over 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, and approximately 15 firearms.

Kerns and Driscoll were arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute on or within 1,000 feet of a school, and several weapons violations. They were booked into the Russell County Jail.

Formal charges are pending. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell Police Department and the Barber County Sheriff’s Office assisted.