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Sheriff's drug investigation ends with five arrests


LIVINGSTON -- What began as a Polk County Sheriff's Office investigation into illegal drug activity ended Thursday with the arrest of five Goodrich residents on various charges. Taken into custody were Jason Dewayne Barber, 30, and Shelly Lanee Ivey, 44, both arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance as well as for outstanding warrants; Johnathan Lynn Brown, 32, and Destinee Shyann Valderez, 19, both charged with possession of marijuana; and Lacasta Kay Mask, 39, who was arrested on an outstanding Madison County warrant for evading arrest. According to sheriff's department reports, the investigation began after deputies received information about drug activity in a trailer park located off Coy Dodson Road in Goodrich. Sheriff's detectives went to the park and at one residence found illegal narcotics in plain view. After obtaining a search warrant for that residence, investigators conducted a search and found methamphetamines. As a result of that search, Barber and Ivey were both taken into custody on the drug charges and outstanding arrest warrants. Barber was held without bond on a parole violation warrant and a $5,000 bond was sent on the drug complaint. In addition to the drug possession charge, Ivey was held on a local parent contributing to nonattendance charge and two Madison County warrants charging her with theft and of failing to identify a fugitive by giving false or fictitious information. No bonds were listed for Ivey. Upon arriving to conduct the search of the residence, Detectives spotted Brown next door and knew he had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for parole violation. When Brown spotted the deputies, he reportedly ran out the back door of his residence and was subsequently found hiding in the woods. When deputies searched that scene, they found over four ounces of marijuana packaged for sale or distribution. Arrested at the residence were Brown and Valderez, both on charges of possession of marijuana. Brown was ordered held without bond for the outstanding parole violation warrant but a $5,000 bond was listed on the marijuana possession complaint. The bond on the marijuana possession charge filed against Valderez was not listed. The detectives then attempted to make contact with the owner of the trailer park and discovered a travel trailer reported stolen in Harris County. Mask was found staying in the stolen travel trailer and she was arrested on outstanding warrants for evading arrest. Bond for Mask was pending. Investigators noted this is not the first time they have made several arrests at this location. Last year several people were arrested for burglary of habitation as well as possession of meth and another stolen travel trailer was recovered from this location. The suspects arrested at that time were all charged with breaking into numerous residence in the Goodrich area. Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said detectives with the sheriff's office are working with prosecutors from the Polk County Criminal District Attorney's Office to identify, target, arrest and prosecute these repeat offenders in an effort to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Polk County.


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