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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Four arrested in drug bust

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  • A six week Ardmore Police Department narcotics undercover investigation ended Wednesday night with the arrest of four people and the recovery of a variety of drugs and cash.
     
    Sgt. Keith Ingle, Ardmore Police Department Narcotics Division, said Jonathan Johnson, Rodney Forbes, Timothy Douglas and Amanda Mata were taken into custody without incident, when narcotics officers and APD SWAT members served a search warrant on a residence, located in the 1000 block of B Street NW. The group was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Thursday formal charges were filed by the district attorneys office against the quartet.
     
    Johnson, 27, faces charges of maintaining a place for keeping, selling controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of CDS - methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of CDS - xanax. All three charges carry after former conviction penalty enhancements. Johnson was released from jail on a medical personal recognizance bond following his court appearance.
     
    Forbes, 31, is charged with possession of CDS - marijuana after former conviction. He remains jailed pending the posting of a $15,000 bond.
     
    Douglas, 35, is charged with unlawful possession of CDS - cocaine after former conviction. He continues to be detained pending the posting of a $25,000 bond.
     
    Mata, 21, faces unlawful possession of CDS - hydrocodone after former conviction. She, too, remains at the county jail pending the posting of a $15,000 bond.
     
    Ingle said narcotics officers launched the undercover investigation after receiving information of "drug sales from the residence." The investigation yielded evidence that led to the search warrant.
     
    "We (narcotics officers) utilized Ardmore SWAT in serving the warrant," Ingle said.
     
    The search warrant resulted in the confiscation of methamphetamine, illegal prescription drugs, cocaine and marijuana. Ingle said the narcotics were packaged for sale. Officers also seized more than $700 in suspected drug proceeds.
     
    A preliminary conference is set in the case for 9 a.m. Jan. 22

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