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October 18, 2013

Bust reveals large-scale meth operation

YALE — Jasper County Sheriff's Department arrested six individuals after a search warrant discovered $42,000 worth of methamphetamine in a Yale residence.

Jasper County Sheriff Ed Francis said a search warrant was sought late Oct. 11 after deputies served a civil process notice at a residence located at 411 E. County Hwy 6 in Yale. During the search, deputies discovered crystal methamphetamine, along with an unweighed amount of marijuana, between $4,000 and $6,000 in cash and five firearms, including two .25-calibur pistols, a 9-millimeter handgun, a .22-caliber pistol and a .223-caliber AR-15 assault rifle.

At the scene, deputies arrested David C. Halterman, 44, of Palestine, Jason D. Reed, 42, of Flat Rock, Ashley M. Attaway, 28, of Yale, formerly of Palestine, and Karen C. Douglas, 27, of Robinson. An arrest warrant was later sought and served for Rebecca A. Moore (Ochs), 36, of Yale, owner of the residence, and Toby L. Depoister, 28, of Yale, a resident of the home. Neither Moore or Depoister were at the residence at the time of the original search.

All six individuals have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class X felony.

Francis said the arrests and the amount of methamphetamine makes the case significant.

"This is a very large meth arrest case," he said.

Jasper County State's Attorney Kevin Parker said the amount of drugs, as well as the money and guns also seized by police, indicate the drugs had been brought into Jasper County rather than produced there, with the purpose of large-scale distribution.

"This is one of the bigger arrests we've had and what makes it more unique is we have drugs, a large sum of cash and weapons," he said. "That is unusual for Jasper County.

Unlike past meth busts, Francis said the situation also is unusual because it appears the meth was not produced there. 

"We believe we've stumbled upon someone bringing it in from outside the area for later distribution. This is crystal methamphetamine. This was definitely a finished product, intended for deliveries and resales."

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been in the county following the arrests, although Parker said they have not contacted him about the case.

"The guns probably piqued their interest," he said.

Bond was set for all six individuals. Halterman is being held on $250,000 bond and Reed, Attaway, Douglas, Moore and Depoister are being held on $100,000 each in the Jasper County Jail. Halterman, Attaway, Douglas, Moore and Depoisiter will appear in court Tuesday for a probable cause hearing. A motion to continue for Reed has been filed, but not yet accepted, to move his case to Oct. 31.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or at jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

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