17 people were arrested after multi agency drug operation in Shannon County

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, officers with the Shannon County Sheriff’s Department, South Central Drug Task Force, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol concluded a series of long-term narcotics investigations in Shannon County, Missouri.

As a result of these investigations, 17 suspects were arrested for the delivery of a controlled substance. Arrest teams consisted of members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Shannon County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon County Sheriff’s Department, Dent County Sheriff’s Department, and Mountain View Police Department. A temporary detention facility was provided by the city of Winona, Missouri.

The following individuals were arrested and charged in Shannon County Circuit Court.

Gary L. Taber, 54, Mountain View, Missouri, two counts

Billy L. Arnold, 52, Birch Tree, Missouri, one count

Thomas D. Stark, 27, Birch Tree, Missouri, one count

Dale L. Chaney, 59, Birch Tree, Missouri, one count

Ronnie G. Blake, 39, Birch Tree, Missouri, one count

Jacob R. Kelly, 32, Winona, Missouri, one count

Jason R. Bettis, 41, Winona, Missouri, two counts

Nichole R. Derryberry, 35, Winona, Missouri, three counts

Shannon M. Lawrence, 50, Winona, Missouri, three counts

Kevin C. Joseph, 55, Winona, Missouri, one count

Joshua E Shipton, 36, Winona, Missouri, one count

Megan Ard, 25, Winona, Missouri, one count

Stephen C. Nicholson, 37, Winona, Missouri, one count

Billy J. Tarlton, 42, Winona, Missouri, two counts

Bobby D. Ard, 28, Eminence, Missouri, two counts

Douglas M. Patterson, 32, Marshfield, Missouri, three counts

Sabrina B. Yardley, 31, Van Buren, Missouri, one count

These charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction.

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