Ardmore narcotics officers shut down what was described as two successful drug operations Friday, arrested four people and are searching for a fifth person believed to be involved in one of the money making enterprises.


Ardmore narcotics officers shut down what was described as two successful drug operations Friday, arrested four people and are searching for a fifth person believed to be involved in one of the money making enterprises.

 

Sgt. Keith Ingle, APD Narcotics Unit, said investigations into illegal drug activities at two residences in southeast side neighborhoods led to the execution of search warrants, served with assistance from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit.

 

The first search warrant was served in the 300 block of Anderson Street. Officers seized four pounds of marijuana, scales used to distribute the drug, and an illegal police scanner at the residence.

“We also found a 3-year-old boy in the house. He was released to the custody of a relative. Reports will be forwarded to the Department of Human Services concerning his presence in a house where drugs were found,” Ingle said.

 

Arrested at the house was the child’s mother, Kandice N. Hunt, also known as Kandice N. Williams. The 24-year-old  was taken into custody without incident. She was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending a charge of possession of marijuana in the presence of a minor.

 

But the couple Ingle said were targets of the investigation, Ricky B. Webb, 55, and his wife, Anna Marie Webb, 52, were not at home when the warrant was served. However, they were netted when they drove by the house and were recognized by officers.

 

“They drove by and attempted to keep on going. A traffic stop was made and they were taken into custody. Another illegal police scanner was also found in the vehicle,” Ingle said.

 

The couple was booked into the county jail on pending charges which include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Ricky Webb also faces charges in connection with an outstanding arrest warrant.

 

Officers moved on to a residence located in the 900 block of C Street SE, where 48-year-old Ginger R. Lenderman, also known as Ginger Smith, was taken into custody. Ingle said officers confiscated marijuana, scales and an illegal firearm during the search. Lenderman was booked into the Carter County Detention Center on a series of charges including distribution of marijuana and possession of a firearm after former conviction.

 

Ingle said Lenderman’s boyfriend, identified as Thomas David Roberts, who is also targeted in the investigation, was not at residence during the raid.

 

“We are looking for Roberts,” he said.

 

Discussing the investigation, which included tips from concerned citizens as well as undercover work,  and the subsequent arrests Ingle said evidence indicated drugs have been sold from both residences for some time.

 

“We suspect that the Anderson Street residence has been supplying a lot of people here in Ardmore. The C Street SE residence has been supplying this area as well as Marietta and even Durant,” he said.

 

Within hours of their arrests, Webb, his wife and Hunt posted bond and were released from the county jail pending their next court appearance. Webb, who was arrested in December for drug distribution, pleaded guilty to the former charge in April and received a deferred sentence. Hunt was arrested in 2005 and charged with child neglect, possession of controlled dangerous substance, maintaining a place for the keeping/selling/use of CDS, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and unlawful possession of CDS with intent. She pleaded guilty to those charges in 2006 and is serving a deferred sentence.

 

Lenderman remains jailed, pending an initial court appearance. She was charged in 2001 with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. She pleaded guilty to the charge in 2002 and received a deferred sentence.

 

Ardmore residents who observe what they believe is suspicious activity in their neighborhoods or have information concerning the illegal sale of drugs are urged to call the APD Narcotics Unit at (580) 226-9712.