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Task Force arrests four

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

arrestDuring the early morning hours of August 31, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Mexico Public Safety Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office served a search warrant in the 600 block of West Maple Street, in Mexico.  As a result of the search warrant, officers arrested four people and seized methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia.
Arrested were:
• Robert Brandon Peak, age 23, of Benton City, for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of Clonazepam, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.
• James Alfred Bentley, who at the time of his arrest claimed to be Jimmy Dale Burcham, age 40, of Mexico, for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance. In addition, Bentley, who is a fugitive sex offender from Arkansas, was also charged with being a sexual offender residing within 500 feet of a school, failure to register as a sexual offender, and forgery.
• Mallory Ellen Kehl, age 21, of Mexico, for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.
• Victoria Dianne Burcham, age 36, of Mexico, for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.
The East Central Drug Task Force was organized in 2001 and serves the cities of Bowling Green, Fayette, High Hill, Mexico, Montgomery City, New Florence, Vandalia, and Warrenton, the counties of Audrain, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Pike, and Warren, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Anyone having information concerning illegal drug activity is urged to contact the East Central Drug Task Force at 573-473-5801 or Audrain County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.
Funding for this project made available by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety.