SIKESTON - Tips from neighbors ended with the arrest of three Sikeston residents on drug charges.
According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, around 2 p.m. Friday members of the department's Special Operation Group and detectives served a warrant at 707 Aspen Trace. A small quantity of a substance believed to be cocaine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia were found.
Phyllis Gates, 48, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Serena Stalion, 48, of Jackson, Tenn., who was at the residence when the warrant was executed.
Marco Wilson, 21, of Sikeston was observed leaving the residence in a vehicle just prior to the warrant being served. He was later stopped by SEMO Task Force officers and upon being search was found to be in possession of approximately one-eighth ounce of crack-cocaine.
Both Gates and Stalion were released from Scott County on $7,500 bond. Wilson remains in custody under $25,000 bond.
Juden said the neighbors played an important part in obtaining the search warrant. He noted this was the second time in two months where the neighborhood assisted in getting a search warrant.
"I think it shows a positive sign in our community that people are willing to stand up and want the drug activity stopped especially when it is right next door, or at least in their neighborhood," he said.