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Dispute at local business leads to drug arrest

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By Chief Patrick Burton

On July 11, 2020, Licking officers responded to a local business in response to multiple suspects threatening employees and stealing food. The suspects were located a short time later and a traffic stop was conducted. Officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle when contact was made with the suspects and subsequently a search was conducted on the vehicle.
During the course of searching the vehicle, officers located and seized several baggies of a crystal-like substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. The total weight of the substance was in excess of twenty-four grams. Multiple digital scales with visible residue, and clear plastic baggies were also located. Officers also located and seized several small pieces of printed paper containing a chemical substance believed to be a hallucinogenic drug, less than ten grams of marijuana and several different pieces of marijuana and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia within the vehicle. Officers also located a loaded Taurus 9-mm. pistol and a loaded Ruger .380 pistol inside the vehicle.
Criminal history reports were obtained on all three suspects and after reviewing the documents, officers discovered all three suspects have been convicted of multiple felony crimes and are not allowed to be in possession of firearms. Officers learned all three suspects have prior drug convictions and multiple convictions for stealing related crimes.
Krystal A. Dean, age 33, of St. John, Mo., was arrested and held at the Texas County Jail. A probable cause statement, seeking the following charges, has been sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office: Possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance – Class D Felony; Unlawful possession of a firearm – Class D Felony; Unlawful use of a firearm – Class E Felony; Stealing – Class E Felony; and Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – Class A Misdemeanor.
Erik A. Burle, age 50, of Licking, Mo., was arrested and held at the Texas County Jail. A probable cause statement, seeking the following charges, has been sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office: Possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance – Class D Felony; Unlawful possession of a firearm – Class D Felony; Unlawful use of a firearm – Class E Felony; Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – Class A Misdemeanor; and Stealing – Class A Misdemeanor.
Jeramie M. Conner, age 30, of Saint Charles, Mo., was arrested and held at the Texas County Jail. A probable cause statement, seeking the following charges, has been sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office: Possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance – Class D Felony; Unlawful possession of a firearm – Class D Felony; Unlawful use of a firearm – Class E Felony; Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – Class A Misdemeanor; and Stealing – Class A Misdemeanor.
The above information is just mere accusations and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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