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Tip from store manager leads to arrests

DESLOGE – A tip from a manager at the Desloge Wal-Mart Supercenter led to the arrests of two Bismarck individuals for possession of drugs on Jan. 29. Officials with the Desloge Police Department said the individuals were damaging cellular phone components in the electronics department when the incident was reported.

“Officer Brandon Scherffius was doing a security walk-through the store at approximately 12:15 a.m.,” said Desloge Police Chief James Bullock. “While doing the walk-through, Officer Scherffius was approached by a member of Wal-Mart management who said they were concerned about two people in the store who were possibly damaging merchandise.”

Bullock said the individuals were by removing the packaging.

“Officer Scherffius approached the 47-year-old male and 43-year-old female inside the electronics department,” Bullock said. “At that point the male subject began to get belligerent with Officer Scherffius. Officer Scherffius reported that the male subject appeared to be under the influence of some sort of drug.”

Bullock said Officer Scherffius warned the male subject he could be arrested for disorderly conduct.

“The male subject continued to cuss and he was arrested,” Bullock said. “Officer Scherffius then approached the female subject, who also according to Scherffius, appeared to be under the influence of some sort of drug. The female subject was then asked for permission to have her purse searched. She agreed and during the search a small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance along with some syringes were found.”

Bullock said the woman said the substance was methamphetamine.

“An over-the-counter pill bottle containing pills that were later identified to be Valium was also found,” Bullock said. “In addition to the pill bottle, a small bag with what was suspected to be marijuana was also found in the purse.”

Bullock said both the man and the woman were arrested and were taken out to the parking lot where officers located their vehicle.

“The officers were given consent to search the vehicle by the subjects and a pill bottle containing the drug Loracet was found along with other drug paraphernalia,” Bullock said.

Both subjects were transported to the St. Francois County Jail and are awaiting the filing of charges.

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