3 Cassville residents arrested for drugs on New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Multiple items of paraphernalia, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and a shogun were found after a felony warrant was served at a home on Schell Street on Jan. 1. Contributed photo

Individuals each face 9 felonies after bust on Schell Street

Three Cassville residents are facing nine felonies each after law enforcement served a warrant at a home on Schell Street on Jan. 1 and found drugs and paraphernalia in the home.

Cassville residents Anthony Pagano, 52, Rebekah Penney, 44, and Paul Miller, 32, are each charged with attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, six counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Penney has also been charged with delivering or concealing prohibited articles in the jail.

On Jan. 1, at approximately 9:18 p.m., Barry County Deputy Noah Whitehead and Cassville Officer Justin Dunivant attempted to serve a felony warrant for Anthony Pagano at a home in the 1600 block of Schell Street. Dunivant knocked on the door, and Pagano answered officers but would not allow entry.

Establishing that they had enough probable cause to enter the residence for the felony arrest, Whithead and Dunivant entered the residence and located Pagano in the bathroom.

Penney and Miller were also located in the home, and after seeing what appeared to be narcotics and drug paraphernalia in plain view, the officers applied for a search warrant for the residence.

All three subjects inside the residence were placed on a 24-hour hold and transported to the Barry County Jail.

After the search warrant was obtained, the residence was searched and officers located drug paraphernalia (including spoons and smoking pipes), digital scales, a workbench area that had the precursors for making methamphetamine, several pills, three bags of suspected heroin, five small bags containing a white powdery substance suspected to be methamphetamine, several used clear bags with a white powdery residue, one bag containing a crystal like substance and a shotgun.

Bonds have been set for all three at $50,000 cash only.

Pagano’s next court date is May 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. Penney has a bond hearing set for Thursday in Foulke’s courtoom. Miller has a disposition hearing set for Feb. 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Foulke’s courtoom.

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