Drug Investigation Results In Multiple Arrests

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
a division of the
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Troop G Headquarters- 1226 W. Bus. Highway 60/63- Willow Springs, Mo. 65793


News Release

For further information please contact: Sergeant Jeff Kinder
417-469-3121, Ext. 3735
G-04142
April 15, 2014

EMPHASIS: Drug Investigation Results In Multiple Arrests



In the early morning hours of Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from multiple state, county, and city law enforcement agencies concluded a series of long-term narcotics investigations in Texas County, Missouri.

Over the course of approximately three years, officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the South Central Drug Task Force, Texas County and Wright County sheriff's departments, and Cabool, Houston, Licking, Mountain Grove, and Summersville police departments conducted a series of narcotics investigations involving the distribution/sales/possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription medications.

The investigation involved approximately 58 individuals in and around the Texas County, Missouri, area. Grand jury indictments for each defendant were obtained through the Texas County Prosecuting Attorney's Office prior to the mass arrest operation initiated Monday morning.

Arrest teams consisted of members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff's Department, Wright County Sheriff's Department, Cabool Police Department, Houston Police Department, Licking Police Department, Mountain Grove Police Department, Summersville Police Department, and South Central Drug Task Force.

Following is a list of arrested individuals and charges:

Miles C. Wolf Jr. 36, Houston, Missouri, eight counts distribution of a controlled substance
Hazel M. Post, 50, Houston, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
Kenneth C. Lay, 33, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Chasity M. Counts, 27, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Lennie G. Gale, 56, Houston, Missouri, five counts distribution of a controlled substance
Christina M. Villarreal, 25, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Reginald W. Skouby, 58, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Parish L. Gale, 23, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Cheyenne S. Mourning, 36, Houston, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
Nadatha S. Walker, 23, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Ivan A. Gale, 21, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Alvey G. Gale, 53, Houston, Missouri, one count unlawful possession of a firearm
Michael K. Jackson, 53, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Robert D. Bartley, 56, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Jesse L. Villarreal, 44, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
James E. Dodd, 44, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Joshua H. Routh, 29, Houston, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
Kelly D. Williams, 35, Licking, Missouri, one count possession of a controlled substance
Michelle K. Houston, 45, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
James W. Dickens, 22, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Jeffery E. Friend, 22, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Thomas W. Hamby, 33, Mountain Grove, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Roger W. Franklin, 53, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Nathan C. Young, 27, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Penny L. Royal, 51, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Jennifer L. Royal, 25, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Betty L. Vestal, 54, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Jerrad D. Burks, 29, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Robin M. Vest, 48, Licking, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
Mariah J. Hamby, 18, Mountain Grove, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Karen S. Roberts, 52, Cabool, Missouri, five counts possession of a controlled substance
Bobby G. Johnston Sr., 59, Raymondville, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Levi C. Johnson, 29, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Terry E. Walker, 46, Licking, Missouri, five counts distribution of a controlled substance
Steven W. Holden, 28, Bucyrus, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Dave A. Bressie, 58, Raymondville, Missouri, four counts distribution of a controlled substance
Sally A. Porter, 61, Edgar Springs, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Christine M. White, 47, Raymondville, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
Steven M. Counts, 30, Raymondville, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Barbra A. Colgan, 43, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Gary L. Couchman Sr., 49, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Bob A. Hamby, 57, Duke, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance


This operation is active and arrest teams continue to arrest those indicted.

The charges for which these individuals were arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

In support of "The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths," the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!




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