ROLLA, Missouri- Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, announces that on September 5, 2018, a coordinated effort in Phelps County led to several narcotics-related arrests.

Forty law enforcement officers and support personnel from the South-Central Regional Drug Task Force, Rolla Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department gathered during the early morning hours and briefed on the Warrant Round-up operation, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department said.

Over the course of several months, undercover operatives have been conducting covert narcotic investigations in and around Phelps County. As a result of these investigations, numerous suspects were identified. Based on this information arrest warrants were issued.


Courtesy, Phelps County Sheriffs Department

The following individuals were arrested during this operation:

Roosevelt R. Overton, 31, St. Robert, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid;

Wilbert W. Robinson, 28, St. Louis, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute/deliver/possess/manufacture/produce a controlled substance;

Arlene O Rafter, 20, Rolla, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid;

Melissa L. Andrews, 31, Rolla, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid;

David E. Rutledge, 32, Dixon, Missouri, Phelps County warrant distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute/deliver/possess/manufacture/produce a controlled substance;

Cherise E Garcia, 42, St. James, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid;

Michael J. Bedrosian, 57, St. James, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid;

Raymond D. Isgrigg, 54, Dixon, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, and distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance (two cases);

Jerry G. Haffly, 60, Dixon, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance;

Richard D. Burton, 60, Rolla, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for delivery of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid;

Daniel T. Byrnes, 40, St. James, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance;

Ricky L Church, 47, Rolla, Missouri, Phelps County warrant for distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance;

Sheriff Richard L. Lisenbe said, “At a time when opioid issues are so prevalent, this round-up should serve notice to the criminal element of Phelps County that our law enforcement agencies are serious about stopping the flow of illegal drugs in this community. My thanks to those officers and agencies involved.”

The South Central Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The task force specializes in narcotics-related investigations and is composed of narcotics officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Rolla Police Department, Dent County Sheriff’s Department, and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.