Investigations into drugs leads series of search warrants
BENTON -- Drug investigators with the Scott County Sheriff's Department teamed up with the Sheriff's Department Tactical Teams to serve three search warrants, which resulted in eight arrests in Morley on Saturday night.
According to a news release issued this morning by Sheriff Rick Walter, the search warrants resulted from ongoing drug investigations, and all were for the recovery of controlled substances. Two were served on Emerson Lane in Morley and resulted in summons issued for possession of marijuana. The third was served at a residence on Mandeville, and accounted for the other seven arrests.
Walter said the search warrant was served during a party at 103 Mandeville along with other existing warrants. Mew charges for possession of a controlled substance resulted as a result of the warrants being served.
Arrested at the residence on Mandeville were: Michelle D. Cornelius, 42, of 1202 McGraw in Oran, charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and assault of a law enforcement officer (spitting in the face of two tactical team members) and bond for her was set at $5,000.
Also arrested was Donna M. Hood, 38, of 150 Hopper in Morley, for possession of a controlled substance, outstanding Scott County warrants for passing bad checks, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, probation violation and a New Madrid County warrant for probation violation on passing bad check. Her total bond for all charges was set at $17,500.
Carol A. Cochran, 40, of 103 Mandeville, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, with bond set at $10,000. Timothy Taylor, 35, of Sikeston, was arrested on charged for a Sikeston city warrant for contempt of court and bond was set at $1,000.
Ashley Cook, 24, of Metropolis, Ill. was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a Massac County, Ill., warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Ashley Dial, 22, of Sikeston, on a Boone County warrant for failure to comply with the court's order on possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two others were issued summons for drug-related offenses, names will be released pending the filing of formal charges by the prosecuting attorney.
Posting bond and released as of press time today were Cornelius, Taylor and Dial.
"This was a complicated operation involving investigators, patrol deputies, surveillance and tactical teams, that was accomplished without injury, that netted a good return, and got some people off the street that deserved it," Walter said.