4 arrested in meth distribution investigation

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Boone County Sheriff's deputies arrested four Columbia residents Thursday morning after serving two search warrants related to a meth distribution investigation, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The release gives the following account:

Deputies served the first search warrant at 10 Austin Ave., where they found evidence of methamphetamine use. Deputies suspected the occupants destroyed additional evidence as authorities approached the house.

Robert W. Jones, 38; Daria J. L. Littleton, 37; and Jennifer M. Whithaus, 31, all of Columbia, were arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. Whithaus also had outstanding warrants for burglary, failure to follow a judge's orders, fraudulent use of a credit device and property damage. She also had a warrant for failure to appear in court for a charge of possessing a controlled substance.

Deputies served the second search warrant at 2951 Billy Jean Drive, near Battle High School. They found meth, digital scales, packaging material, a stolen handgun, an illegal short-barreled shotgun and about $8,000 in cash.

Jack O. Heaston, 51, of Columbia, was arrested on suspicion of distributing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun and receiving stolen property.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Britt Shea did not comment on the amount of methamphetamine seized.

"Hopefully this will have an effect on meth use and distribution in Boone County," he said.

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