The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 8, 2013

Drug charges filed in wake of arrests by Joplin police

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has filed felony drug charges against four people arrested in recent days by Joplin police.

Elizabeth R. Rodriquez, 27, of Pittsburg, Kan., was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver after an arrest Sunday afternoon outside the Wal-Mart store at 1501 S. Range Line Road.

Joplin police Cpl. Chuck Niess said officers were called to the store concerning a man who was observed trying to shoplift a laptop computer and fled from the store’s security employees. Investigation of the incident led to a vehicle in the parking lot in which two other laptops believed to have been taken from the store by the same man were located, Niess said.

Rodriquez was arrested when nine bags containing meth allegedly were found in the vehicle in which she was an occupant.

John R. Adams, 60, 1002 S. Murphy Ave., was charged with felony possession of meth after a small amount of the drug allegedly was discovered in his possession while he was being booked into the Joplin City Jail on Sunday after an arrest on an outstanding warrant.

A traffic stop Friday near B Street and Moffet Avenue led to the arrest of a woman on a charge of driving with a revoked license, and a search of her vehicle. A passenger, Amber D. Spradley, 28, 2615 S. Missouri Ave., was arrested and charged with felony possession of hydrocodone. A male passenger was arrested and later released without any charge being filed.

Jeremy J. Swezey, 20, of Girard, Kan., was charged with felony possession of alprazolam pills after an arrest Friday in the 2500 block of East Markwardt Street.