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Richland woman among dozen nabbed in Laclede County drug busts

RICHLAND, Mo. (July 31, 2014) — A Richland woman, Cristie L. Heath, 35, was among more than a dozen people arrested this week in Laclede County on drug-related charges as part of an ongoing investigation announced today by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Heath has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and her bond has been set at $25,000.

According to state troopers, “Over the course of approximately 12 months, overt and covert operatives with LANEG and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were able to conduct a series of narcotic investigations involving the possession, distribution/sales of methamphetamine, marijuana, morphine, and prescription medications” involving “nearly 13 loosely affiliated individuals in and around Laclede County. Warrants for each defendant (multiple counts on many) were obtained through the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prior to this mass arrest operation.”

Others arrested, along with their charges and bond amounts, were:

  • Bradley T. Barker, 31, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana; bond $25,000
  • John Graybill, 60, Lebanon, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; bond $50,000.
  • Leonard M. Couch, 55, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $50,000.
  • Natisha L. Dame, 35, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $50,000.
  • James M. Terry, 50, Lebanon, felony warrant for possession of morphine and possession of a controlled substance (morphine), misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; bond $25,000.
  • Jennifer A. Hentschel, 48, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Kevin R. Bennett, 52, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Tami J. Richardson, 40, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Shannon Behre, 36, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Michael L. Tindle, 32, Branson, possession of morphine and maintaining a public nuisance; bond $50,000.

More arrests may be coming. According to troopers, “this operation is active and arrest teams are still seeking others who have been indicted.”

During the course of the drug round-up, officers also arrested the following three individuals from Lebanon as a result of a traffic stop:

  • Stacy L. Dismang, 41, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug precursors, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, careless and imprudent driving, no valid driver’s license, failed to register a motor vehicle and no vehicle insurance.
  • Kelly L. Vandergrift, 35, felony possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of drug precursors, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony resisting arrest by fleeing.
  • Donald R. Spradling, 30, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug precursors, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and felony resisting arrest by fleeing.

Other agencies assisting included the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department and Lebanon Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, or LANEG.

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