Over the past year, the Seymour Police Department has made nearly 20 visits to the home at 738 Water Street.
Last Monday, Sept. 16, the local force served a search warrant at the residence.
The end result was 11 arrests for drug-related offenses.
“We had adults and several juveniles involved regarding the use and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia,” explained Sgt. Chase Davis, detective for the department.
“Five law-enforcement officers from our department here in Seymour were involved (in the warrant service).”
At 6:51 p.m. that evening, the search warrant for drugs was conducted, Davis said, following surveillance conducted by he and Patrolman Ray Rodriguez throughout that day.
“We had received information that there were drugs in the residence,” Davis said. “That’s when I wrote the search warrant, which was signed by Keaton Ashlock (an assistant prosecutor for the county) and (Webster County Associate Circuit Judge) Chuck Replogle.”
Davis said the local department had information that there was a large number of people in the house.
“Assistance was requested from the Webster County Sheriff’s Department who sent deputies to assist, as well as from Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase, who came (to the home) with a deputy,” he noted.
He said that when officers approached the Water Street home, two vehicles were in the driveway, as well as three individuals, who were detained.
“(Police Chief Bob) Paudert located methamphetamine in a car driven by Esther Smothers inside an eyeglasses case belonging to Smothers,” Davis said. “In the passenger seat was Patrick Simpson, who also admitted knowledge of the meth in the car.”
The third person in the driveway hadn’t been in the home, Davis explained; however, he had some marijuana in his vehicle and was released with a citation in Seymour Municipal Court for marijuana possession.
“Inside the residence, methamphetamine was located in an attached garage, which had been converted into a makeshift bedroom,” Davis wrote in his report. “Inside the garage were Bryant Wilson and Sara Reser, who both said they had been living in the garage. Also in the garage was a 16-year-old female, Joseph Lorenz of Fordland and Logan Benson of Ava. Methamphetamine in baggies, a scale, syringes and pipes were located within the reach of those in the garage, and all the adults in the garage admitted to using meth recently.”
Davis added that inside the home were several people who lived there, as well as others who admitted to officers they were there visiting friends for the purpose of smoking methamphetamine.
“Matthew McCarty was coming up from the basement when Officer Rodriguez and Officer (Skylar) McIntosh entered the back door of the residence,” he said.
“McCarty admitted he had been smoking meth in the basement, and baggies with methamphetamine residue were located in the basement.”
In possession of a glass pipe, which tested positive for meth, was Ariell Sportsman, Davis noted, while a 17-year-old female who lived at the home admitted she had a scale with meth residue under her bed mattress.
“There also were syringes located in a bedroom closet and in a drawer in the garage,” his report concluded.
Davis said eight people were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance — Esther Smothers, Patrick Simpson, Bryant Wilson, Sara Reser, Matthew McCarty, Ariell Sportsman, Logan Benson and Joseph Lorenz.
“Two other males were arrested on outstanding warrants, and a 17-year-old female was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Douglas County,” Davis said.
“More charges are expected from this investigation. This is the fourth search warrant (served) at this residence since 2017. In all four warrants,