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December drug arrests in Desloge

DESLOGE — Desloge Police Department was able to make 12 drug-related arrests in the month of December.

The drugs ranged from illegal possession of prescription pills to possession of illegal drugs. Some were discovered during traffic stops while others were discovered during disturbance calls.

On Dec. 4, Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said Officer Dan Russell arrested a 49-year-old Desloge woman for possession of marijuana, felony possession of pills and drug paraphernalia.

In another incident that day, during an investigative traffic stop, Patrolman John Upchurch arrested a 42-year-old Park Hills man for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The man also did not have a driver’s license, proof of insurance, valid plates, or proper vehicle registration.

On Dec. 6, Cpl. Dustin Cash pulled over a vehicle on North Desloge Drive for having expired plates. The 19-year-old Irondale driver, who had no proof of insurance, allowed the officer to search his vehicle. The officer found a baggy of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A passenger was arrested for having an open container.

On Dec. 8, Patrolman Josh Lasley investigated a disturbance at the back of Walmart and ended up arresting a 29-year-old Bonne Terre man and a 28-year-old Farmington woman. One person involved in the disturbance appeared to be under the influence of a drug and had an arrest warrant.

Lasley searched the vehicle and discovered syringes, Hydrocodone, Diazepam and Clonazepam pills, as well as a glass pipe and spoons with residue. Police also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the woman’s possession.

On Dec. 13, Judge responded to a disturbance at a residence. When he arrived, one of the people involved had left on foot. He found the 44-year-old Desloge woman, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. She possessed two Xanax pills, police say.

On Dec. 15, Cpl. Sean Roney was dispatched to a shoplifting report at Dollar General where the suspect had fled toward Walmart. Walmart security found and detained the 31-year-old Bonne Terre man for police because the store had banned the man from the store. Police say the man had rolling papers, a syringe and marijuana. He was also arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing and an outstanding arrest warrant.

On that same day, Cpl. Cash was dispatched to Walmart for a female who had been in the store about three hours and was acting strangely. She was sitting on the floor of the store and management feared she was under the influence of something.

When the officer arrived, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. He searched the 26-year-old St. Louis woman and found two unmarked prescription bottles with Hydrocodone and muscle relaxers, as well as three bottles of fingernail polish from the store.

Two days later, Judge stopped a vehicle for driving erratically in a parking lot. He reported the 39-year-old Park Hills man almost struck gas pumps and a car wash at C-Barn. After the vehicle stopped, the driver got out and staggered to the patrol car.

Chief Bullock said the officer asked if the man needed medical attention but the man responded, “No, I’m just drunk.” Police found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and pills in a baggy in the man’s possession.

On Dec. 19, Patrolman Upchurch made an arrest on a traffic stop for driving on the shoulder of a street. He found marijuana in the 30-year-old Desloge man’s possession.

On Dec. 24, Officer Russell stopped a vehicle for driving through a parking lot to avoid a stop sign and having a broken tail light. The 41-year-old Branson woman was arrested for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as on a Park Hills arrest warrant.

On Dec. 27, Patrolman Upchurch pulled over a driver for failure to maintain a single lane. The 44-year-old Farmington man was arrested for felony possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. Police say he had drug paraphernalia and a white residue believed to be meth in his possession.

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