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Undercover drug sting nets 5 arrests
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Five people were arrested during an undercover drug sting at a local motel with morphine and meth among the drugs snagged by lawmen.
The sting, set up from a room at Scottish Inns on Sparta Street, saw a string of would-be drug traffickers arrive with the alleged intent of selling drugs to, unknown to them, an undercover operative. The operative was monitored by police and sheriff’s investigators stationed nearby. The suspects were taken into custody at the scene.
Included in the arrests were Rene Driver, 30, who arrived at the motel room with another woman and provided 30 Percoset which were sold for $240. She has been bound to the grand jury on the charge of sale of drugs.
Kylie L. Grissom, 32, was then contacted with plans set up to buy morphine from her. However, Grissom changed the location of the deal to Greg’s Place. There she did not have the morphine with her, but instead pointed to Shiralee May Harper, 48, who showed up to supply her with 10 morphine pills to sell. Harper admitted her involvement in the drug sale and also had 70 more morphine pills in her purse. Lawmen also found 100 Hydrocodone pills and a glass tube for smoking crack in her purse.
Grissom has been bound to the grand jury for sale of drugs, while Harper has been bound on possession charges. A woman who drove Grissom to the scene, Leanna B. Valdivia, 28, has been bound to the grand jury on the charge of criminal responsibility for the facilitation of a felony.
The last of the drug deals saw undercover operatives buy half a gram of meth from Joseph Patrick Miller, 28. Miller was arrested when he arrived at the motel and lawmen said a red zippered pouch fell out of his shorts. The bag contained four grams of a white powdery substance believed to be meth. Officers also found a loaded 22-caliber pistol in his cargo shorts. Miller has been bound on charges of sale and possession of drugs and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.