Neosho woman arrested for possession of drugs

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Officers with the Barry County Sheriff's Office arrested a Neosho woman in the early hours of Monday, following a complaint of a suspicious person at the storage units, located on Eighth Street in Washburn.

Deputy Dave Ruark and Sgt. Rob Evenson responded to a noise complaint and suspicious person call where they were told at least two pickup trucks and a motorcycle were at the units and people were yelling and revving engines, disturbing the caller.

Upon arrival, deputies reported the suspect vehicle had left the scene, but Evenson caught up with a white Chevrolet truck leaving Eighth Street and turning onto Highway 90.

The occupants told Evenson they were helping someone at the units, so he allowed the driver of the vehicle to leave.

When he arrived at the storage units, Evenson was told by a subject at the unit, who said he did not know the occupants of the vehicle.

Evenson was able to locate and stop the vehicle again, at the intersection of Highways 76 and 37. One occupant, Melissa Lopez, 29, of Neosho, was arrested after officers located a bag in a purse that contained a small amount of marijuana and a white powder substance believed to be methamphetamine.

During transport to the Barry County Jail, the suspect admitted to having other drugs on her person and officers were able to retrieve a rock substance, believed to be crystal meth, from the waistband of her clothing.

Lopez was charged with possession of a controlled substance and remains in custody at the Barry County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or surety bond.

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