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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Drug warrant round up nets eight arrests

  • A four-month undercover investigation ended Tuesday when authorities began serving arrest warrants naming nine individuals netted in the lengthy narcotics distribution probe.


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  • A four-month undercover investigation ended Tuesday when authorities began serving arrest warrants naming nine individuals netted in the lengthy narcotics distribution probe.
     
    Ardmore Police Department narcotics officers and investigators, Carter County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers and deputies, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers participated in the roundup.
    Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, APD Public Information Officer, confirmed seven of the nine individuals named in warrants stemming from the investigation were taken into custody Tuesday. An eighth defendant was arrested Wednesday.
     
    Booked into the Carter County Detention Center on felony charges of distribution of controlled dangerous substances were Paige White, 20, John Casey James, 35, Shirley Brown, 25, Angela Cryer, 27, Hubert Parrott, 51, Casey Gibson, 21, Melissa Henry, 26 and Veronica Barney, 49.
     
    All the defendants, with the exception of Barney, made initial appearances in district court Wednesday. Late Wednesday court documents indicated White, Gibson and James remained detained on $25,000 bonds. Henry and Cryer were still behind bars pending the posting of a $35,000 bonds and Cryer also faced an additional $5,000 bond sent on a motion to vacate a previous sentence. Brown was released after posting a $35,000 bond and Parrott was released when he posted a $25,000 bond. Barney is expected to make an initial appearance in district court today
     
    Hunnicutt said “most” of the warrants charge the defendants with distributing methamphetamine or marijuana. He described the roundup as successful, “primarily because of the combined work of citizen tipsters and inter-agency cooperation.”
     
    In addition the operation snagged two others on felony charges in unrelated cases.
     
    Joseph L James, 28, was arrested for possession of CDS  and an outstanding Johnston County traffic warrant; and Wanda Chastain, 28, was taken into custody when officers discovered she was wanted on an outstanding Carter County warrant charging her with failure to pay fines and cost.
     
    A third woman was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing officers.
     
    Meanwhile the search for the remaining adult named on roundup warrant continues.
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