After a six month long investigation of a suspected drug house in Healdton, Carter County Sheriff’s deputies and Healdton police arrested Melissa Walk, Ryan Walk and Kayla Bailey, all from Healdton, on Saturday.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said the department began the investigation after they got tips from residents.
“We appreciate the assistance of the people in Healdton, concerned citizens calling and wanting to discuss anonymously what’s going on, what’s taking place and a lot of traffic,” Bryant said.
In a search of the house, authorities said they found 15 pounds of marijuana valued at $15,000, one of the largest marijuana busts in the county according to Bryant.
The trio faces charges of drug possession with intent to distribute and maintaining a home where drugs are sold.
The next day, while deputies were on patrol checking the house, they chased and arrested Lacy and Almer Mitchell of Healdton who is suspected of stealing from the house, knowing the owners were in jail.
Bryant said they had been stealing knives, credit cards, and social security cards from the house and were about to make a second trip when deputies arrived.
The arrests are the latest in a string of drug crimes that the sheriff’s office has worked with other agencies, like Love County Sheriff’s Office and Ardmore Police Department.
“So it’s a growing effort and we just got to work together,” Bryant said.
Bryant wants to remind all Carter County residents to report anything that doesn’t seem right.
“And this was a product of that, a six-month-long investigation,” he said. “I know it took a little time but sometimes those do and this is the end result.”
Bryant said all five suspects will be in court Wednesday for a judge to set bonds.