An operation undertaken at the local Walmart store last week yielded the arrest of three individuals on drug-related charges.
Lawrenceburg Police Chief Judy Moore reports that the investigation began after third shift patrol officers received a tip regarding suspicious activity at the North Locust Avenue business. Moore said officers quickly set up surveillance, both inside and outside the building.
Moore reports, â€œInformation was gathered that led the officers to believe that the males and females were buying components needed in order to manufacture methamphetamines.
Employees at the store reported that one of the three individuals, a female, had brought a can of acetone and denatured alcohol to a checkout, but set them aside when they saw police officers enter the store.
The three suspects were confronted and a drug detection K-9 brought to the scene. Officers indicate the dog did â€œalertâ€ on the vehicle, indicating the presence of illegal narcotics inside. During a subsequent search, officers report finding several syringes inside the vehicle as well as two containers of a clear liquid believed to be morphine.
Officers indicate that the male suspect was found to be in possession of two types of controlled substances without valid prescriptions.
Jimmy William Skaggs, Jr., 34, of 259 First Avenue, Collinwood, was placed under arrest on two counts of possession of a controlled substance. His female companions were also taken into custody.
Talia Michelle Hensley, 30, and Jennifer Miller Ferguson, 41, both of 315 Second Street, Lawrenceburg, were placed under arrest on one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia apiece.
The 1993 Chevrolet 1500 truck in which the trio had been traveling was seized along with a cell phone.
The trio is slated to answer the charges against them through Lawrence County General Sessions Court on Friday, October 1, 2010.
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