A multi-jurisdiction narcotics investigation ended in the Eldon Gerbes parking lot Thursday with multiple arrests, busting more alleged drug dealers this week, this one reportedly distributing methamphetamine.
Jeffery Barlow, a 19-year-old from Eugene, and Scott Howell, 24, of Jefferson City have been charged by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class C felony.
Barlow is being held in the Miller County jail on a $75,000 bond for the charges and a no-bond parole warrant. Howell is being held in the jail on a $50,000 bond for his charges.
Abigail Haslag, 21, was also arrested at the scene and charged with felony drug possession. She is in the jail with a $25,000 bond.
Brian Stogsdill was also taken into custody during this incident on several outstanding warrants.
Officers made the arrests after witnessing suspected drug transactions, according to a press release from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the probable cause statements filed against Barlow and Howell, Barlow and the vehicle he was driving were under surveillance after the sheriff’s office received information from the Mustang Drug Task Force that he was meeting someone to sell meth. A detective allegedly observed two hand-to-hand deals with two unknown subjects, then he drove into the city limits of Eldon where the court document states he was suspected of identifying an undercover officer.
Barlow and Haslag, a passenger, got out of the vehicle at some point and began walking down North Street while Howell, another passenger, got back in the vehicle and drove away.
After police decided to make contact with Barlow, an Eldon police officer approached him, and he reportedly threw two bags into a nearby parking lot. Substances in these bags later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Howell drove to the parking lot of Gerbes Supermarket where a detective made contact with him. Ordered to the ground, Howell allegedly threw a small baggie of crystal powder and the deputy assisted him to the ground when he reportedly failed to comply with the officer’s commands.
This substance also field-tested for methamphetamine.
Thirty-eight small blue pills allegedly located in Howell’s pocket were identified as alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.
A Miller County K-9 checked the vehicle with the patrol dog alerting to the driver’s side door, the court document states. A inventory search allegedly located a small black zipper bag behind the back seat containing a plastic baggie with large crystal rocks that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, two lighters and a bag of marijuana. Barlow and Howell had both been observed in the back seat several different times, the court document stated. A set of digital scales was reportedly located next to the driver’s seat and a pellet gun pistol was in the driver door.
Haslag admitted to having a meth pipe in her bra and handed it over to police. It field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
The sheriff’s office thank the Cole County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, ATF, Mustang Task Force and the Eldon Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.
“The Miller County Sheriff has a zero tolerance when it comes to drug use and is committed to helping fight the addiction and destruction it causes,” the press release states.
Five people were arrested in an alleged heroin and fentanyl ring in Eldon earlier this week.