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DPS arrest 18 in local drug sting

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

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Members of the Special Operations Group and Scott County Sheriff's Department surround 409 Ashley to search for Jeremy Suver
(photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON - Several people were arrested Tuesday as the result of a six-month long drug investigation in Sikeston.

According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, 18 Sikeston residents were arrested by DPS officers and the Scott County Sheriff's Department.

Juden said the operation was conducted Tuesday by the Sikeston DPS Drug Unit, where undercover purchases of narcotics were made from the suspects.

He said narcotics purchased during the course of the investigation included cocaine HCL, crack cocaine, pharmaceutical pills, marijuana and methamphetamine.

The operation was supported by the Missouri National Guard helicopter, which flew air cover in case of vehicle or foot pursuit while executing the warrants. Juden termed the operation a success with the number of people arrested.

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DPS personnel search Charles Nichols Sr. after he was served with a warrant on Gladys Street
(photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
"Seventy percent is a good number," he said. "When you surprise a number of people with these warrants, sometimes they've changed locations, moved to other cities and some can hide for some time, but usually they end up in custody with additional charges stemming from their attempts to hide."

Four people were found already in custody. "The locations of others are known and efforts are under way to have the warrants executed at their present locations," he said.

"We also encourage officers, since they are serving drug warrants, to be on the lookout for more drugs that may be in the suspect's house and sitting in plain view when they enter." Juden said careful searches of suspects, once taken into custody, will usually turn up other evidence that cane be used against the persons arrested.

"As usual, when you have this many officers out looking for people, you run across others that are wanted, which happened today." Two others were arrested on Scott County warrants and three more for charges initiated by the officers serving warrants.

In two instances, persons interfered with the arrests and they were arrested for hindering prosecution by harboring wanted persons in their homes. Juden said in the other incident, a person was found to be in possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. Charges will also be sought against these individuals.

Scott County Prosecutor Christy Baker-Neel issued warrants which were signed by Associate Circuit Court Judge David Mann.

Arrested were Jason E. Sherron, 18, of Sikeston, three counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $300,000); Reginald Cartez Hopkins, 18, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond $150,000); Daron Robinson, 29, of Sikeston, three counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $500,000); Charles E. Nichols, 44, of Sikeston, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond not available); Belinda Parr-Greer, 40, of Sikeston, one count delivery of a controlled substance, one count distribution/delivery of a controlled substance (bond $50,000); Christy Burgess, 21, of Sikeston, possession of a controlled substance (bond $15,000); Chasity N. Savat, 23, of Dexter, distribution of a controlled substance (bond $150,000); Tim Gross, 24, of Sikeston, two counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $250,000); Reno Jones, 19, of Sikeston, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond $250,000); Nicholas R. Rhodes, of Sikeston, two counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $150,000); and Derrick D. Scott, 26, of Sikeston, first degree trafficking in drugs (bond $250,000).

Arrested on unrelated charges were Jeffrey Schultz, 25, on a Scott County warrant (bond $1,500); Erik D. Rodgers, 21, Scott County warrant (no bond); and Jimmy Polston, 28, misdemeanor possession of marijuana (released on summons). All are from Sikeston.

Already in custody were Torress R. Baker, 20, one count unlicensed distribution of pharmaceutical drugs (bond $25,000); Julis E. Jackson, 21, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond $150,000); Edward McClinton, 20, two counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $250,000); and Michael Payne, 20, one count delivery of an imitation controlled substance (bond $5,000). All are from Sikeston.

DPS is looking for the following persons who are still at large in connection with this investigation.

Tappy Dunklin, 25, of Sikeston, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond $150,000); Jeremy Suver, 24, of Sikeston, three counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $250,000); Rufus M. Sumlin III, of Sikeston, one count forcible rape, one count statutory rape (bond $50,000); Ramone Monaze White, 26, of Sikeston, three counts distribution of a controlled substance (bond $500,000); Ricky Westbrook, 30, of Sikeston, one count distribution of a controlled substance, one count possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (bond $250,000); Eric Peet, 20, of Oran, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond $150,000); Matthew Burchfield, 19, of Sikeston, one count distribution of a controlled substance (bond $200,000).

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety encourages anyone with information on the whereabouts of the persons still at large to call 471-4711 or Crimestoppers at 471-1500. Rewards are being offered for information leading to their arrests.