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Drug-related arrest in Pittsburg today stemmed from Taylor Thomas murder case

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS - A drug-related arrest made in Pittsburg today stemmed from a homicide case in Southeast Kansas last year.

The arrest took place around 10:30 a.m., just south of Fourth Street, on Highway 69.

Pittsburg Police arrested 21-year-old Joseph Otter on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and criminal use of a telecommunications device in the furtherance of a drug crime.

"It was a case that we were actively working and doing something with since 2014, but just recently issued an arrest warrant," said Lt. Ben Henderson, Pittsburg Police Department.

Crawford County officials say Otter allegedly had 738 grams of marijuana.

Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso says the drugs in Otter's possession have a direct connection to the murder of 20-year-old Taylor Thomas, which occurred on October 9 of last year, at 907 N. Taylor Street.

"During the investigation, we received information that indicates the individuals that entered the residence, that were armed with a deadly weapon, their intent was to steal the narcotics that were in Otter's possession," Gayoso said.

Four have been charged in Thomas' murder, 19-year-old Corbin Spragg, 21-year-old Darius Rainey, 24-year-old Tyler Smith and 19-year-old Bryan Bridges.

"We do not believe that any additional charges are going to be brought in this case against Joseph Otter," Gayoso said.

Otter is being held at the Crawford County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Authorities continue to look for leads in the Taylor Thomas murder case.

Bridges, one of the four charged, has yet to be apprehended.
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