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  • Puff N Snuff employees arrested on the heels of civil suit

  • Three women have been arrested in conjunction with a civil suit filed by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney against an Eldon tobacco business.
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  • Three women have been arrested in conjunction with a civil suit filed by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney against an Eldon tobacco business.
    The Eldon Police Department executed a search warrant at Puff N Snuff located at 1900 Business Highway 54 in Eldon on Tuesday, July 22.
    During the execution of the search warrant, officers arrested Pamela Jo White-Wood, 47, of Eldon. Officers later arrested Kaye Barnhart, 58, and Robin Parker, 48, both of Eldon.
    White-Wood was charged with one count of Class D felony selling an imitation controlled substance. Barnhart was charged with one count of Class D felony possession with intent to deliver an imitation controlled substance. Parker was charged with two counts of Class D felony selling an imitation controlled substance.
    While under arrest, each woman allegedly said they know people misuse the some of the products sold at Puff N Snuff by smoking them. According to probable cause statements, each woman said she sold products to customers. Barnhart allegedly said she would sell products to customers who "come in and have trouble
    talking or standing... even though she knew they were smoking the product, she would sell them more."
    Each of felony counts carries maximum of up to four years in prison with a fine up to $5,000. Bond was set at $10,000 for each count.
    Because of the prior involvement of federal authorities, Howard said that his office and Eldon Police were in the process of consulting with the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s office in Jefferson City before proceeding with any other prosecution referrals.
    The arrests come on the heels of a civil lawsuit filed against Puff N Snuff on Monday, July 21. Howard alleged that an ongoing investigation into Puff N Snuff revealed the business sold "synthetic cannabinoids, imitation controlled substance analogues, and their respective paraphernalia."
    The petition seeks to close and padlock the business for at least a year.
    In an affadavit provided by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, an Eldon Police Department officer conducted an undercover purchase of synthetic drugs at the business on June 30 with an accomplice. The purchasers asked to see "the book of fake." A Puff N Snuff cashier produced a book of products from behind the counter and sold him $50 worth of "fake" in two different transactions. The purchases were captured on audio.
    Howard requested the court declare the business a public nuisance, claiming law enforcement has responded to multiple incidents of drug overdoses from synthetic drugs. Some of the drug users claim to have purchased synthetic drugs from Puff N Snuff.

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