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River visitors arrested on drug charges

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Staff Writer

OREGON COUNTY -- The weather in the Oregon County area has warmed up and, according to Sheriff Tim Ward, this has increased activity on the Eleven Point River.

Ward and his deputies arrested several out-of-state residents last week on a variety of charges. Six visitors to the river were arrested on misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges. A misdemeanor possession is less than 35 grams of marijuana. Each posted a $500 bond and is scheduled to be in court in the county July 28.

According to records from the sheriff's office, those arrested include: John M. Beck, 22, of Dallas, Texas; Dylan W. Bartholomey, 23, of Memphis; Chat L. Perkins, 23, of Collierville, Tenn.; Dustin C. Martin, 18, Montery, Tenn.; Lauren A. Cook, 19, of Collierville; and Jessica L. Pappas, 19, of Memphis.

In other arrests associated with the river, John E. Howard, 18, no address given, was arrested as a minor in possession of intoxicants.

Joseph E. Mayfield was extradited to Oregon County on a probation charge from Wyoming. Mayfield will remain in the Oregon County jail without bond until next month when he will face forgery and probation violation charges in the county, Ward said.

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