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September 1, 2013

Six in jail after ‘meth-bust’

DUNCAN — Six people were arrested in Friday morning in a task force raid at Elm Terrace Apartments following a three-month investigation centered around the methamphetamine trade.

Led by Stephens County District 6 Drug and Violent Task Force, the sweep was the result of the investigation, said District Attorney Jason Hicks. Outstanding warrants are also issued for two other individuals.

The investigation included participation from the DA’s Task Force, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Duncan Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Those arrested and booked into Stephens County Jail were:

n Richard Allan Laviolette, 34, of Duncan, four felony counts — distribution of controlled dangerous substance (CDS) after former conviction of a felony (AFCF); and three counts of endeavoring to distribute CDS/AFCF.

Laviolette’s charges are for the alleged distribution or endeavoring of distribution of methamphetamine. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Nov. 13, and bail set at $200,000 for Laviolette.

n Jimmy Shan Bates, 39, Duncan, was arrested for distribution of CDS of marijuana. Bail set at $50,000.

n William Patrick Chiumento, 33, Duncan, faces three charges. One is for distribution of CDS for alleged distribution of marijuana and meth; and the other two are solely for methamphetamine distribution. Bail set at $100,000.

n Eddie Joe Jernigan, 48, Duncan, is charged with possession of CDS (meth) with intent to distribute. Bail set at $50,000.

n Breanna Marie Melton, 28, Duncan, is charged with two counts of distribution of CDS of meth. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Nov. 13, and bail set at $75,000.

n Jimmie Lee Johnson, 42, Duncan, faces two CDS (meth) distribution charges. Bail set at $50,000 on each of the two charges.

All six are scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. Nov. 13 for preliminary hearings.

According to the public On Demand Court Records, outstanding warrants have been issued for Jermaine Damion Greer, 38, of Oklahoma City for distribution of CDS/AFCF of 2 ore more; and for Cory Lee Mann, 18, of Duncan, for distribution of CDS. Greer’s bond amount is set at $10,000, and Mann’s is set at $25,000.

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