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Undercover drug sting nets 11 arrests
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Eleven people have been collared in the latest undercover drug operation in which agents bought drugs ranging from meth to morphine.The indictments, which were rendered by the Warren County grand jury, came after drug buys were made by an undercover agent and those buys recorded by McMinnville Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, or the District Attorney’s office.The drug buys during this undercover operation were almost completely pain medications with the exception of one meth buy and one purchase of diazepam, which is an anti-anxiety drug. The pain medicine bought by the undercover agent included Dihydrocodenone, morphine, and Oxycodone. Those arrested were Allen Lee Beals, Major David Keller, Christy Lynn Hayes, Mary Carleen Lawson, Rhonda Ellen Nunley, Terra Nadean Rippe, Billy Don George, Patricia Carol Brady, Leanna Valvida, Rita Yvette Dodson, and Patrick Edward Nevin.McMinnville narcotics investigator Tony Jenkins says addictions to pain medication are becoming more problematic.“We’re getting a lot more people with pills and much of that has to do with availability,” said Jenkins.