3 arrested in drug investigation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Confiscated contraband estimated street value at $2,600

Investigators with the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, which covers Barry, Barton, Jasper and McDonald counties, arrested three Barry County residents Thursday during an open narcotics investigation.

Investigators responded to the residence of Beverly Ball, located at 18348 Hwy. E in Eagle Rock.

Ball was found to be in possession of two ounces of high grade marijuana and 126 pills suspected to be Schedule 2 narcotics. According to a press release from Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, the pills were bagged for sales and not in prescription bottles.

Ball was transported to the Barry County Jail and charged with possession with the intent to distribute and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. She remains in custody at the jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

During the course of the investigation at the home, Amber Souder, of Washburn, arrived and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Souder had two outstanding warrants for her arrest: one for stealing and the other for passing a bad check. She remains in custody at the jail. Bond has not been set as of presstime.

Robert Purdom, of Cassville, also arrived at the residence during the course of the investigation and was arrested and transported to the Barry County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour investigative hold.

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