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Numerous Arrests Made in Douglas County Drug Investigation

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. – After a two-month investigation into illegal drug use and distribution, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made numerous arrests and seized a variety of drug and drug paraphernalia.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. – After a two-month investigation into illegal drug use and distribution, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made numerous arrests and seized a variety of drug and drug paraphernalia.

According to a statement from Sheriff Chris Degase, the investigation began in Dec. 2013.

The following is a timeline of arrests:

  • On December 3, 2013 Roger C. Adams, 25, of Ava was arrested after he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

According to Degase, Adams was charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked suspended. His bond was set at $15,000.


Adams is currently out on bond and being supervised by Community Probation Services.


  • On December 31, 2013 Devin Dorsten, 25, and Christopher Hicks, 25, of Ava were arrested after they were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond on Dorsten was set at $20,000 and bond on Hicks was set at $15,000.


Both have posted bond and are being supervised by Community Probation Services.


  • On January 21, 2014, Richard Uhlmann, 21, of Dora was arrested after he was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $15,000 and he has since posted bond and is being supervised by Community Probation Services.

  • On February 8, 2014, Breva Edward Davis, 21, and Corina Gutherie, 17, both of West Plains were arrested after they were found to be in possession of over five ounces of marijuana and nearly $4,000 in cash.

Both were charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.


Bond was set at $15,000 and both have posted bond with supervision by Community Probation Services.


  • On February 10, 2014 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the home of Sherrie A. Johnson, 32, of Ava.

Numerous items of drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, according to a statement.


A warrant for her arrest was issued for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia with a bond of $20,000.


Johnson has since posted bond is being supervised by Community Probation Services.


  • On February 13, 2014 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the home of Devin Dorsten, 25, just west of Ava.

Dorsten was in possession of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and a warrant was issued for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.


Since Dorsten was on bond supervision for his previous charge, his bond was set at $ 15,000 cash only and is still incarcerated in the Douglas County Jail.


  • On February 18, 2014, Jerry Johnson, 48, of Ava and Shannon Benson, 36, of Seymour were arrested for warrants for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

The warrants were a result of an investigation conducted by Sheriff Chris Degase, where the duo was found in possession of methamphetamine and those precursors to distribute methamphetamine on January 2, 2014.


Bond on Johnson was set at $20,000 cash only due to multiple priors, and the bond on Benson was set at $20,000 or 10 percent.


Sheriff Degase says he expects additional arrests as a result of this investigation, with the illegal use and distribution of all controlled substances to continue as a primary focus of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about any crime can be given anonymously by calling the Douglas County Sheriff's Office or by using the anonymous tip-line at www.dcsosheriff.com.

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