Heartland News Service
GILBERT — The officers with the Gibert Police Department have been very busy within the last 30 days, successfully completing over 100 arrests that include several allegedly associated with illegal drug activity.
Melissa Powell, 32, of Welch, and Kathy Powell, age and address unknown, were taken into custody by Gilbert Asst. Police Chief N. Glanden and Sgt. D. Salmons on charges of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.
According to the criminal complaint, a “be on the lookout” order was relayed by Mingo County 911 for a green Ford Explorer that was reportedly occupied by two females and was sighted at the residence of on a known drug dealer/user in the area. An anonymous tip was received stating that the females were allegedly selling drugs in the Gilbert area.
The officers located the vehicle at a Gilbert residence, and the driver and passenger were observed pulling onto County Rt. 80 in the east-bound lane. A traffic stop was performed and the defendant and her passenger were questioned about the tip called into 911. Powell gave written consent for her vehicle to be searched, and a prescription bottle that was labeled as containing the antibiotic Amoxicillin was discovered with 8 Neurontin inside, a prescription medication used for seizures but that is not a scheduled drug. Also located inside the vehicle was a bottle containing 73 tablets identified as the prescription muscle relaxer Flexiril (not a narcotic) and 38 Ativan (anxiety medication) tablets where are listed as a Schedule IV controlled substance.
The officers also located in the passenger’s (Burchett) purse, over $240 in cash, approximately $500 worth of jewelry and several additional pill bottles containing a variety of prescription drugs.
The duo were arraigned before Mingo Magistrate Pamela Newsome who set bail in the amount of $15,000 for each female. They were released from the Southwestern Regional Jail after meeting bond requirements and are scheduled to appear in court in the near future to face these charges.