NEW MADRID - Five people were arraigned Monday in connection with a drug bust at business nearly at the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department's back door.
Charged with distribution, deliver, manufacture, production or attempt to produce a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, Harold and Mary Kathern Lawrence of New Madrid were arraigned and bond set at $1.5 million each. They remain in the New Madrid County Jail today and are slated to return to court June 12 on the charges.
Bond for Mark Townsend of Parma was set at $100,000. He remains in custody and is also to return to court on June 12 on charges of distribution, deliver, manufacture, production or attempt to produce a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Slated to return to court Thursday are Darin and Candice Allen of Portageville. Candice Allen, charged with possession of a controlled substance, has posted a bond of $5,000. Darin Allen, who is charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, has posted a $10,000 bond and been released.
The five were taken into custody following a several month investigation by the SEMO Drug Task Force and the Sheriff's Department into a convenience store and gasoline station operating on New Madrid's Main Street, not far from the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department.
"We have been receiving information of meth activity at the business," said Sheriff Terry Stevens, who said his department began an investigation.
The arrests were made late Friday night and officers recovered two pounds of pure methamphetamine at the business and another three pounds at a residence in New Madrid. Stevens estimated the street value of the drugs at $750,000.
Cash and drug paraphernalia were also found by officers.
"I honestly took it as slap in the face that they thought they could set up in our backyard," said Stevens.