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Police arrest three after serving search warrant

Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 10:54 a.m. CST; updated 9:38 a.m. CST, Monday, November 25, 2013

COLUMBIA —Three people were arrested on drug charges after police served a search warrant for stolen party at a residence in the Green Meadows area of south Columbia.

The property was reported stolen Nov. 17 by the Walmart at 3001 West Broadway.

Police served the search warrant for the stolen property at 806 Oak Lawn Drive on Friday night. During the search for the property, detectives observed methamphetamine and intravenous drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the news release.

Police obtained another search warrant to search further for drugs and drug paraphernalia. Heroin, methamphetamine, intravenous drug paraphernalia, materials to package the drugs for sale, several different types of prescription pills and a handgun were found in the residence, according to the release.

Police also found stolen tools in one suspect's vehicle. The tools were reported stolen by Lucky's Market, which is under construction at 111 S. Providence Road, earlier this month.

John Dale Hardy Jr., 29, who had been identified as a suspect in the case, was arrested on two counts of felony distribution, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance; three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance; unlawful possession of a firearm; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a probation and parole violation.

He was being held at Boone County Jail on Saturday morning on a minimum $18,500 bond between the charges. A bond hadn't been set on the charges of felony distribution, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance.

Kerry Pruett, 37, was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance. She was released on a $4,500 bond.

John Anthony Curry, 32, was arrested on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $500 bond.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.


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