A man and two women each face multiple felony charges and are jailed on $500,000 apiece following a multi-agency drug investigation resulting in what authorities believe is one of the biggest busts in Texas County history.
Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey reported Monday that from Aug. 2 through 15, the sheriff’s department executed two search warrants at residences in the Roby and Plato area as part of an ongoing drug investigation involving several local agencies.
The result, Lindsey said, was the seizure more than 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of marijuana, 105 guns, body armor and more than $46,000 in cash, some that was vacuumed sealed. The street value of the meth is estimated at $113,000 to $130,000, he said.
Larry Wright, 59, of 13321 Groves Drive in Plato, is charged with first-degree trafficking drugs – methamphetamine (a class A felony), unlawful possession of a firearm (a class D felony) and unlawful use of a weapon.
Shayla Glasscock, 23, of 28290 Highway 17 South in Richland, is charged with first-degree trafficking drugs – methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
Carolyn E. Groves, 58, also of 13321 Groves Drive in Plato, is charged with first-degree trafficking drugs – methamphetamine and unlawful use of a weapon. All charges were filed Friday by assistant Texas County prosecuting attorney Jason MacPherson.
Lindsey said agencies assisting in the investigation and execution of the warrants included the Houston Police Department, Licking Police Department, Cabool Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and South-Central Drug Task Force.
“This is a significant drug seizure for Texas County,” Lindsey said, “in fact, the largest that I have been involved with during my 21-year career. This type of investigation would not be possible without a cooperative effort between all of our local agencies. I am thankful to have the support of these agencies and commend the work of the Houston Police Department and the South-Central Drug Task Force on this case.”
Lindsey said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges are likely.