DELAWARE COUNTY – The Delaware County Drug Task force has been highly effective this year in curtailing the drug trade in Delaware County.

From July 1, 2007 until June 30, 2008, the county’s fiscal year, officers completed 205 cases, made 106 arrests, served 20 search warrants, took down three labs used for the production of methamphetamines, and assisted in 46 outside assists.

They have seized 501 marijuana plants with a street value of over $655,000.00, confiscated methamphetamine with a street value of $20,600, and seized 3657 controlled pills with a value of $25,725.00, not including the thousands of pills taken from the illegal pharmacy operating in the Cowskin Bridge area.

Delaware County Sheriff Jay Blackfox commends the members of the force which includes Investigator Ron Teel of the Sheriff’s Department, Mike Eason assigned to the force by the District #13 District Attorney’s office, Grove Police officer Ron Crawford and West Siloam Springs Police Chief Larry Barnett and West Siloam Springs police officer Tony Stewart.

“These men work very hard, day and night to help stop drug trafficking in Delaware County,” said Sheriff Blackfox, “I’m very proud of all of them and all the good they do for the county.”

Officers have started the new fiscal year by making several more drug busts that include three suspects from Delaware County, and one from Missouri.

Felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance have been filed against Julian Wade Osage, 19, of Kansas, Paula Eugenea Jarrettina Patterson, 36, of Afton and Kevin Lenzy Chancellor, 34, of Flint Ridge after controlled buys were made from the suspects.

According to the probably cause affidavits filed, on May 23, Osage allegedly sold marijuana at a store in Oaks located within 2000 feet of the Oaks School, to an undercover agent.

Patterson allegedly sold marijuana in the parking lot of the VFW in Bernice on June 26 to undercover officers.

On May 28, Chancellor allegedly sold Loritabs in his home in Flint Ridge to undercover officers.

Leann Bishop, 30 of Pineville, MO, was arrested by officers on May 22 with possession of Methadone, and has been charged with a felony charge of possession of controlled substance after a traffic stop was performed by officers who were alerted to suspicious activity at the Delaware County Courthouse.