Two Pittsburg residents are facing multiple drug-related charges after being arrested Wednesday during an executed search warrant at their former residence.

Two Pittsburg residents are facing multiple drug-related charges after being arrested Wednesday during an executed search warrant at their former residence.
Nathanial C. Gross, 26, and Ashley Elizabeth Contini, 18, were booked Wednesday into the Crawford County Jail, with a bond set for each at $15,000. Both face charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp.
The Crawford County Drug Task Force, which is made up of members from the Pittsburg Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Pittsburg State University Police Department, executed a drug search warrant at the residence of 505 S. Walnut, a residence from which Gross and Contini are in the process of moving.
While at the residence, officers found alleged marijuana plants being cultivated at the residence. Contini was taken into custody at the residence without incident. Gross was later found and arrested without incident.
During the investigation, officers obtained enough information to secure a second search warrant for a residence at 214 1/2 S. Broadway, a place to which the couple was moving. According to police, marijuana and drug paraphernalia also were discovered at that residence, as were items "commonly used" in the cultivation of marijuana.
July has been a busy month for the CCDTF.
Earlier this week, meth labs were seized in Pittsburg and Frontenac during sting operations, resulting in multiple arrests and possibly more to come. Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton said the cases highlighted the ongoing "meth issue" in southeast Kansas, adding that it has "not gone away."
On July 23, a Lenexa man was sent to the Crawford County Jail after police discovered marijuana in his car during a traffic stop. Later that same day, a Pittsburg woman was found to be in possession of marijuana during a traffic stop.
On July 10, two Pittsburg residents were arrested and charged with multiple drug-related charges following a raid at a Pittsburg home.
Pittsburg Police Maj. Brent Narges said the recent spike in drug-related arrests does not necessarily indicate a spike in drug-related activity.
"There is always a continual supply and demand for drugs in the community," he said. "I think what we're seeing is a proactive enforcement on the part of law enforcement and possibly multiple investigations falling into place. There are always investigations going on, but they don't all yield their results at the same time."