The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 11, 2012

Several facing felony charges in drug cases

A report of a woman asleep in a van Sunday in the parking lot of the Price Cutter store in Joplin led to the arrests of two people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said officers found Rachel A. Forkner, 30, of rural Seneca, asleep in a van with bags containing meth and meth residue in her lap and a meth lab in the back of the van.

While officers were searching the van and placing her under arrest, Taylor C. Peck, 34, of Carthage, arrived on the scene and also was arrested. Niess said it turned out Peck had been arrested earlier in the afternoon for allegedly shoplifting some Drano at Price Cutter, and he returned to the parking lot from the police station as Forkner was being arrested.

Both were charged with possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture meth.

In other felony drug arrests by Joplin police over the weekend, Richard N. Hedman, 42, of Granby, and Teresa Woodworth, 41, of Joplin, were charged with possession of meth after a traffic stop Sunday morning near of Seventh Street and New Hampshire Avenue. A warrant also was served on Hedman.

Tabitha N. Reyes, 25, of Carthage, was charged with felony possession when two bags of meth allegedly were found on her during booking procedures Friday afternoon at the Joplin City Jail. Reyes was being booked on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after a disturbance between her and a man near 10th Street and Moffet Avenue.