Drug raids land 4 Marshall residents in jail

A pair of early morning simultaneous drug raids led to the arrests of four Marshall residents. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, 55-year-old Jeffrey Tanner, 31-year-old Stephanie Gates, 32-year-old Deunte Brown and 50-year-old Charles Barker Jr. were booked into the Searcy County Detention Center Thursday on numerous drug charges.

Sheriff Cassell says the raids occurred Thursday morning at 6 at three different locations in and near Marshall. During the course of the investigation, a confidential informant reportedly purchased illegal narcotics from several of the suspects.

Tanner is facing felony counts of possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver; possession of firearms by certain persons; possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest or inhale; use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture; offenses relating to records, maintaining premises and refusal of entry; two counts of manufacturing of a Schedule VI controlled substance; and second-degree battery. His bond is set at $80,000.

Gates and Brown are each charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver; use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine or cocaine; offenses relating to records, maintaining premises and refusal of entry; and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and misdemeanor counts of possession with the purpose to deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gates' bond is set at $50,000, and Brown's is set at $40,000.

Barker faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver. His bond is set at $15,000.

All four suspects are scheduled to appear in Searcy County Circuit Court later this month. Sheriff Cassell says his office was assisted in the raids by the Marshall Police Department, the Stone and Van Buren County sheriff's offices, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

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