Seligman residents arrested on meth charges

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Drug Task Force busts meth lab, arrests 4 on felony charges

Four people were arrested this week after a Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force sting at a home in Seligman.

David Oplinger, 23, Jessie Oplinger, 26, Cody Oplinger, 24, and Shawn Short, 41, all of Seligman were arrested on multiple drug-related charges.

David Oplinger and Shawn Short were charged with distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of a controlled substance, a class B felony. Cody Oplinger was also charged with with distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of a controlled substance, as well as possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. Jessie Oplinger was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to a probable cause statement, Task Force officers were alerted there may be a meth lab in the Oplingers' residence on West View Road in Seligman. Along with assistance from sheriff's deputies and Seligman police, officers allegedly found an orange backpack in a vehicle that contained Drano, lighter fluid, an electric grinder with a white substance inside it and a broken glass meth pipe. In another black backpack officers located rolled up tin foil in a baggie, one open cold pack and one lithium battery.

Officers also seized a jar containing six ounces of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as other items used in the manufacturing of meth.

Jessie Oplinger was allegedly found in possession of a glass pipe containing residue, syringes and a metal pipe with burnt residue. The clear pipe tested positive for methamphetamine.

Cody Oplinger was allegedly found in possession of two plastic baggies containing a white, powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He was released from the Barry County jail on a bond of $7,500.

David Oplinger is being held on a $30,000 bond, Jessie Oplinger is being held on a $10,000 bond, and Short is being held on a $25,000 bond.

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