The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 23, 2013

Five facing drug charges after arrests by Joplin police

Five people are facing felony drug charges in recent arrests by Joplin police.

Jessica L. Garrison, 29, of Webb City, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia when officers checked out a report of suspected drug-related activity Friday night at a home in the 2300 block of South Pearl Avenue.

An officer checking out a report of a suspicious vehicle near 21st Street and Willard Avenue early Saturday morning found a woman asleep in a car parked between two vacant residences. Some unidentified pills and a bag of meth reportedly were found in a search. Tara L. Highfill, 28, of Webb City, was arrested and charged with felony possession.

A report of a man lying in a trash bin in an alley in the 500 block of South Joplin Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday led to the arrest of Joseph G. Sutton, 38, 410 S. Wall Ave. An officer found him in alleged possession of some OxyContin pills.

Hason J. Robertson, 20, of Carterville, was charged with felony possession of cocaine after a traffic stop at 12:56 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of West Fourth Street. According to a police report, Robertson had no driver’s license, there was alcohol in the vehicle he was driving, and a search of his person turned up a bag of cocaine in his hat.

An Oklahoma teenager who was arrested Sunday at Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Road, on a shoplifting allegation picked up a felony drug charge when police reportedly found some Tylenol 3 pills in her backpack. Shelby L. Clements, 17, of Miami, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor assault on an officer. She allegedly kicked her arresting officer.

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