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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Drug roundup nets 23 arrests Tuesday

  • A total of 23 individuals from Phelps and Crawford counties were arrested Tuesday morning on drug-related charges after law enforcement officers from several agencies concluded a long-term narcotics investigation.
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  • A total of 23 individuals from Phelps and Crawford counties were arrested Tuesday morning on drug-related charges after law enforcement officers from several agencies concluded a long-term narcotics investigation.
    The investigation, conducted by the South Central Drug Task Force, in coordination with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and Rolla Police Department, was aided by the 25th Judicial Circuit and the Phelps County Grand Jury that was convened by their authority.
    Grand jury indictments for each defendant were obtained through the Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office before the mass roundup started at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
    Teams consisting of members of the MSHP, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, RPD, St. James Police Department and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group went around the Phelps County area to make the arrests.
    The narcotics investigation involved the possession and distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and prescription medications.
    An earlier roundup was conducted Oct. 10 that netted 34 arrests.
    Individuals arrested Tuesday in connection with this investigation were transported, processed, and held for bond at the Phelps County Jail.
    The following individuals were arrested as a result of warrants issued for the listed offense(s):
    • Clifford W. Gann, 27, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine (prior, persistent offender);
    • Toby Buehrlen, 32, delivery of and manufacture of an imitation substance;
    • Leslie A. Crews, 29, distribution of a controlled substance;
    • John Calvin Brewer, 49, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – marijuana;
    • Michelle Denise Brewer, 47, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – marijuana;
    • Jennie M. Gertler, 36, of Rolla, two counts of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance – prescription drugs (prior, persistent offender);
    • Benjamin L. Gates, 38, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance – marijuana;
    • Diana E. Helton, 41, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – marijuana;
    • Benjamin C. Johnson, 31, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance – Adderall;
    • Michael L. Juergens, 33, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance – marijuana (prior, persistent offender;
    • Virginia A. Alvey, 45, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance – hydrocodone and oxycodone;
    • Kenneth E. Carlton, 66, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance – hydrocodone (prior, persistent offender);
    • Christina M. Elling, 21, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine;
    • Cindy F. Elling, 52, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine (prior, persistent offender);
    • Florence Feeler, 45, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance – oxycodone;
    Page 2 of 2 - • Lorri Ann Bryant, 47, of Rolla, possession of a controlled substance – oxycodone (prior, persistent offender);
    When arrested, Bryant was found to be in possession of additional controlled substances, for which charges may be filed;
    • Nicole Lynn Constable, 37, of Rolla, distribution of more than five grams of marijuana and distribution of a controlled substance – hydrocodone;
    • Roger D. Clark, 55, of Newburg, manufacturing a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school – marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine;
    • Angela K. Tune-Prichard, 39, of Newburg, manufacturing a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school – marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine;
    When Clark and Tune-Prichard were arrested, additional evidence was seized indicating marijuana was being grown within their residence;
    • Christopher Debault, 26, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance – hydrocodone;
    • Ashley S. Bunton, 23, of Rolla, manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine;
    • Justin S. Chandler, 31, of Cuba, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine;
    • Angela Guinn, 24, of Cuba, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine;
    When Chandler and Guinn were arrested at their residence, additional evidence was seized indicating the presence of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.
    • Ryan Schneider, 37, of Sunrise Beach, delivery of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
    Prior arrests
    As a result of this same drug investigation, the following individuals were arrested prior to Tuesday’s roundup for the following offenses:
    • Edward Griffin, 26, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Tonya Griffin, 27, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Nancy Froelich, 27, of Rolla, five counts of distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Devon Harrison, 25, of Rolla, distribution of a controlled substance – marijuana;
    • Desiree Yarnall, 25, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Chase White, 23, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance – marijuana, and two counts of distribution of an imitation controlled substance;
    • Morgan Tarkington, 20, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance;
    • James Wilson, 49, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Artishia Schuler, 35, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Christine Rightnowar, 37, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance;
    • Ronnie Billings, 31, of Rolla, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance; and
    • Bryan Garner, 44, of Rolla, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance – marijuana.

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