Junior high drug bust leads to a paroled drug dealer possibly going back to prison

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From LDR Staff

An investigation into a drug deal between students at the Lebanon Junior High School has led to the bust of a parolee who was allegedly providing drugs to the teen.

On Friday morning, a Lebanon school resource officer (SRO) investigated a report that a 15-year-old boy had sold marijuana to another 15-year-old boy while at the junior high.

The buyer allegedly admitted to the SRO that he had marijuana on his person and gave him a baggie containing the drug, according to a Lebanon Police Department incident report.

Further investigation revealed that the seller had allegedly purchased the drugs from a man on Barlow Street. From information provided to the SRO, another Lebanon Police officer was able to determine the identity of the suspect, as a 37-year-old man, who was out of prison on parole on a drug distribution-related conviction, the second report says.

The officer went to the man's home with his parole officer to speak with him about the allegations. The man let the officers into the home.

When the man opened the door to his room inside the home, the police officer reported that he could smell marijuana and asked the man where it was located. The man allegedly showed the officer where a plate containing loose marijuana and burnt marijuana cigarettes was hidden under some clothing, the report says.

The officer also located several pieces of drug paraphernalia, including pipes and syringes. He also located the corner of a plastic baggie with residue in it. The baggie and one of the syringes field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, according to the report.

A 32-year-old woman, who also was staying in the room, claimed that all of the items belonged to her.

Another woman who lives in the residence allegedly admitted to the officers that she had a small amount of marijuana in her room. She showed officers where two smoking devices and marijuana was located in her room, the report says.

The parole officer found a .303-caliber rifle cartridge on the kitchen table. As the 37-year-old man is a convicted felon, he is not allowed to be in possession of ammunition. The parole officer told him that she was going to revoke the suspect's parole, according to the report.

The man and two women were taken into custody and transported to the Lebanon Police station for booking. The man and 32-year-old woman were transported to the Laclede County Jail for 24-hour holds.

The second woman was released after being issued citations for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and then she was released, according to the report.

In another police report Friday, a Lebanon woman faces possible drug charges after she was found stumbling along a road early Friday morning.

At about 6:40 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Springfield Road to look for the woman, who someone had reported as walking down the road while intoxicated.

The officer located the 21-year-old woman as she walked on Bethel Road. The woman was allegedly stumbling, flailing her arms and fidgeting. The officer believed the woman to be under the influence of methamphetamine, the report says.

The officer stopped the woman and asked her to empty her pockets. The officer allegedly located a plastic bag and a cellophane wrapper containing residue on the woman's person. The woman claimed that she didn't know what the substance was and that it didn't belong to her, according to the report.

A computer check revealed that the woman had a no-bond warrant for her arrest for a bond violation on an original "dangerous drugs" charge.

The woman was transported to Mercy Hospital Lebanon for an evaluation. Once deemed fit for confinement, she was taken to the Laclede County Jail for the warrant and a 24-hour hold for possession of a controlled substance and hindering prosecution.



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