Ardmore woman facing felony drug, child neglect charges

Sierra Rains
Chelsea Rea Peery

An Ardmore woman is facing felony drug and child neglect charges after police allegedly discovered a large amount of prescription drugs and unsanitary conditions at a local residence.

APD Captain Eric Hamblin said officers initially visited the residence, located off of 6th Ave. NW, around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, for a child welfare check. “We received some information and references that there was drug activity at the residence,” he said.

What police allegedly saw when they entered the residence led them to arrest 27-year-old Chelsea Rea Peery.

While at the location, officers obtained consent to search the residence, which police described as “very dirty.” Hamblin said there was trash and clothes scattered about the residence to the extent that officers couldn’t walk through without stepping on clothes.

“There were dirty dishes in the bathtub and bathroom sink. Dried and rotten food laying all over the place, bugs crawling throughout the kitchen,” Hamblin said. “The house was very dirty.”

During the search, officers reportedly located close to 120 tablets of various prescription pills. “There were different types of pills, Xanax, Adderall, Vyvanse. Several different types,” Hamblin said.

According to Carter County court documents, Peery did not have a prescription for the drugs, classified as Schedule I and IV controlled dangerous substances, and allegedly intended to distribute them.

“I think they had information in reference to that (distribution). I don’t know what all that information is,” Hamblin said.

A 15-month-old infant living at the residence appeared to be very dirty, as well. According to court documents, the child neglect charge against Peery stems from the unsanitary living conditions and child’s exposure to controlled dangerous substances.

“We contacted DHS and they took care of the child, created a safety plan and got him to a safe place,” Hamblin said.

Peery was taken into custody for child neglect and unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and bonded out of jail Wednesday.

Additional arrests may be made in relation to the incident, Hamblin said.