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Gage County deputies arrested a man in Blue Springs for drug offenses after they responded to reports of a protection order violation.

Dustin Bartels, 23, was arrested for violating a domestic protection order, possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

The incident began shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday when a woman called the sheriff’s office to report that Bartels was in her back yard in the 300 block of East Main Street in Blue Springs and wouldn't leave her alone.

The woman, who had an active protection order against Bartels, was able to leave the residence and called 911, Gage County Court documents state.

As a deputy pulled up at the residence, he noticed someone in the back yard with a flashlight.

The suspect, identified as Bartels, went under a tarp in the backyard and the deputy waited for other officers since they were unsure if he was armed.

Bartels was approached and deputies verified he didn't have any weapons.

Bartels was searched when he was placed under arrest and deputies found a bag with 4.4 grams of a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Court documents state Bartels was out on bond form a Lancaster County criminal case for possessing methamphetamine.

Bond was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent deposit. Bartels' next hearing is set for Jan. 15.

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