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Narcotics deputies arrest 5 for selling prescription drugs
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
LIVINGSTON — Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested fi ve suspects this month during an investigation by the narcotics division into the illegal distribution of prescription medication in the Polk County area. Several suspects living in a Canyon Park residence recently had been sentenced to probation for distributing prescription medication and heroin from their previous residence in Cedar Point during 2008, according to Lt. Andy Lowrie of the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce. The suspects resumed selling the prescriptions from their new residence. During the investigation, detectives learned that Oxycontin, Xanax, Soma and Dilaudid were being sold from the rented house in Canyon Park. The residents were arrested on Jan. 13 after narcotics detectives executed a search warrant there. New charges were fi led against the following suspects: Brian Keith Tinsley was arrested on a warrant for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than one gram. Bond was set at $50,000 by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace David G. Johnson On the day the search warrant was executed, Tinsley was charged with an additional count of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than one gram. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Steven B. McEntyre set bond at $50,000 on that charge as well. Maxine Morgan Crabb was arrested on a warrant for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than one gram. Johnson set her bond at $50,000. Upon the search of the home, an additional charge was fi led for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than one gram. McEntyre set bond at $50,000 for that charge as well. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives also served an arrest warrant on Mark Edward Brown for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than one gram and possession of a controlled substance less than one gram. Johnson set bond at $50,000 for the delivery charge and $25,000 for the possession charge.
All three of these suspects remain in custody at the Polk County jail as of press time Wednesday. “There are several other residences in the Canyon Park subdivision from which prescription medication is being sold and active investigations are being conducted at this time,” Lt. Lowrie said Tuesday. He expects the investigation to conclude with one or more arrests in the next month. A suspect identifi ed as Leland Smith residing in apartment 105 at the Livingston Housing Authority was under investigation for the distribution of medication prescribed to him. On Jan. 16, narcotics detectives and Livingston police offi cers served an arrest warrant for Smith charging him with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more that one gram. During a search of Smith’s residence, he was found to be in possession of marijuana and crack cocaine. Smith was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino set bond at $50,000 for the initial delivery charge and Johnson set bond at $10,000 on the possession charge.
Smith remains in custody at the Polk County jail. While detectives searched Smith’s residence, another housing authority resident identified as Morgan Victor Basham arrived at the residence to check on Smith since patrol cars were in front of the residence. “Detectives identified Basham and he consented to a search of his persons and, Bingo, he had prescription pills on his person that were not prescribed to him,” Lowrie said. “Some of the medication he had on his person matched prescription medication prescribed to Smith.” Basham was arrested on three counts of possession of a controlled substance for three different types of hydrocodone he had on his person in his mother’s prescription bottle. Basham has since been released from the Polk County jail on bond.