Police say pair was selling drugs from their apartment
THAYER -- After a tip from a concerned citizen saying someone was selling marijuana out of an apartment at the Thayer Apartments, officers with the Thayer Police Department arrested two suspects on drug charges Dec. 11.
Arrested were Connie Parker, 41, and Larry Stockwell, 47. Parker was charged with felony distribution of a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance. Stockwell was charged with the same two felonies.
Thayer Police officer Michael Bunting said as he drove through the Thayer Apartments Dec. 10, he saw a man leaving apartment 3. He said he had received information in the past that marijuana was being sold out of that apartment.
He followed the vehicle 3/4 of a mile before stopping it for expired license plates.
"I asked the driver to step out of the car and asked him if he had anything illegal in his pockets. He reached into his right pocket and handed me what appeared to be marijuana," Bunting said.
The officer said the man told him it was marijuana and said he had purchased it at apartment 3. The apartment is occupied by Connie Parker and Larry Stockwell.
The officer obtained a search warrant which he executed. Parker and her 13-year-old daughter were the only people in the apartment at the time the warrant was served.
While the officers were there Parker received a call from Stockwell and she informed him the officers were there searching the apartment. Stockwell returned to the apartment and admitted to possessing as much as a half pound of marijuana a week ago, Bunting said. He said he had been selling the drugs to make extra money for Christmas, the officer said
Approximately 44 grams of marijuana was found at the apartment.
Stockwell posted a bond of $10,000 Dec. 15 and Parker a bond of $4,900 the same day. Both are scheduled to appear in Oregon County Circuit Court Dec. 21 for arraignment.