BENTON. Mo. -- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said today that Sheriff's Department drug investigators teamed with Department Tactical Teams to serve three search warrants, resulting in eight arrests in Morley Saturday night.
Sheriff Walter said the search warrants resulted from ongoing drug investigations, and all three were for the recovery of controlled substances. Two warrants were served on Emerson Lane in Morley, and resulted in summons issued for possession of marijuana. The third search warrant was served at 103 Mandeville in Morley, and accounted for the other seven arrests.
According to Walter, the search warrant service occurred during a party at 103 Mandeville, and a litany of other existing warrants were served in addition to new charges for possession of controlled substances by those in attendance.
Arrested at 103 Mandeville were: Michelle D. Cornelius, 42 of 1202 McGraw in Oran, charged with Possession of a Controlled substance, Resisting arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer (spitting in the face of two tactical team members). Her bond was set by Judge Scott Horman at $5,000.00; Donna M. Hood, 38 of 150 Hopper in Morley, charged with Possession of a controlled substance, outstanding Scott County Warrants for Passing Bad Checks, Operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, Probation Violation, and a New Madrid County Warrant for Probation Violation on Passing Bad Checks. Hoods total bond on all charges is $17,500.00; Carol A. Cochran, 40 of 103 Mandeville, Two counts possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, bond $10,000.00; Timothy Taylor, 35 of Sikeston, a Sikeston City Warrant for Contempt of Court, Bond $1,000.00; Ashley Cook, 24 of Metropolis, IL., failure to appear on a Massac County, IL warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia; Ashley Dial, 22 of Sikeston, Boone County warrant for Failure to comply with the court's order on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Two others were issued summons for drug related offenses pending filing of formal charges by the prosecuting attorney.
Walter said that this was a complicated operation involving investigators, patrol deputies, surveillance and tactical teams, that was accomplished without injury (other than having his deputies spit on), that netted a good return, and got some people off the street that deserved it.