‘Dirty Dozen’ Drug sweep nabs 11, one more sought

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

dirty dozen drug sweepTwo men in their 60s, a couple allegedly growing marijuana in their son’s closet and a convict charged with selling heroin were among 12 people targeted in a major drug arrest sweep last week in Pike County.
Eleven suspects were arrested and one remains at large from the Thursday, June 5 sweep conducted across the county by the sheriff’s office and East Central Drug Task Force members from the Louisiana and Bowling Green police departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Some of the cases involved a confidential informant making alleged drug purchases.
The following are the suspects and the felony charges filed against them, according to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte. A synopsis of each case follows:
• John Wesley Harrison, 34, of Annada, distributing methamphetamine.
• Roosevelt Burse, 64, of Louisiana, distributing crack cocaine.
• Brent Allen Meier, 60, of Louisiana, distributing marijuana.
• Bruce Lee Steward, 39, of Louisiana, distributing cocaine and endangering a child.
• Michele Lee Branham, 28, of Louisiana, endangering a child in a home where cocaine was allegedly within reach of a youth.
• Leslie J. Miller, Jr., 23, of Bowling Green, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
• Edward Roland Oberhaus, 31, of Bowling Green, distributing marijuana.
• Gary Mebruer, 48, of Bowling Green, growing marijuana and endangering a child.
• Dena Marie Mebruer, 45, Bowling Green, growing marijuana and endangering a child.
• Kiel Thomas Rogers, formerly of Eolia and Bowling Green, distributing heroin.
• Seth M. Adams, 25, of Bowling Green, for allegedly distributing synthetic marijuana.
The one suspect who remains at large is Richard  Kevin Breen, 34, of Louisiana for allegedly possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and.
The charges were filed by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with bonds set by Pike County Circuit Court  Judge David Ash. Here are the details of each case according to Pike County Circuit Court documents.

John Harrison
Harrison was charged with distribution of methamphetamine near a school and driving while revoked. Bond was set at $5,000, with a 10 percent cash or surety allowed.
On May 8, a confidential informant purchased a gram of methamphetamine for $120 from Harrison at a residence in Bowling Green, according to a probable cause statement from the sheriff’s office. The residence at 1715 W. Church St. is within 2,000 feet of the Bowling Green Christian Academy and the Sunshine Day Care and Pre-school.
Harrison remained incarcerated in the Pike County Jail on Tuesday, June 10.

Roosevelt Burse
Roosevelt Burse was charged with distribution of crack cocaine. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only, which he posted the same day.
On April 1, Burse allegedly sold $400 worth of crack cocaine to an informant at the corner of 8th and Jackson streets in Louisiana, according to a probable cause statement from the sheriff’s office.

Brent Meier
Brent A. Meier has two charges of distributing marijuana.  Bond was set $10,000 cash only.
On Dec. 5, 2013, an informant allegedly bought two grams of marijuana for $20 from Meier at his residence at 101 Nebraska St. in Louisiana, according to a probable cause statement from the sheriff’s office.
On Dec. 27, 2013, deputies went to the residence after a tip that Meier was selling marijuana, according to another probable cause statement from the sheriff’s office. Meier allegedly admitted he had sold marijuana to a friend who had just left the home. He then turned over a small amount of marijuana hidden in a coffee can.
On Feb. 20, 2014, officers pulled over suspect Richard Breen, who allegedly threw a marijuana cigarette out the window, according to another sheriff’s office probable cause statement. Breen said he had just left Meier’s house.
Officers went to Meier’s home, where he allegedly turned over one-half ounce of marijuana hidden under a mattress, the statement said. Meier was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in that case.
He was still in custody at the Pike County Jail on June 10.
Bruce Steward
Bruce Lee Steward was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.
On Feb. 27, members of the drug task force went to Steward’s residence at 1500 North Carolina St. in Louisiana on information he was selling cocaine, according to a sheriff’s office probable cause statement. Steward denied selling cocaine when officers told him why they were there.
In a subsequent search, officers allegedly saw a marijuana grinder and a piece of rock cocaine on a table in the vicinity of a four-year-old child. During the search, Steward allegedly gave up five baggies of rock cocaine and some powder cocaine to the officers. He remains incarcerated at the Pike County Jail.
Michele Branham
Michele L. Branham was charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the 1500 North Carolina St. home she shared with Steward after the drug task force visit to their home on Feb. 27. She allegedly admitted to knowing that her boyfriend, Steward, was selling cocaine while the child was present.
Bond was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent cash or surety allowed. She remains incarcerated at the Pike County Jail.

Leslie Miller, Jr.
Leslie J. Miller, Jr. was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.
On March 4, a search was being done at 205 S. 20th St. in Bowling Green, when Miller showed up, according to a probable cause statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
Miller allegedly surrendered some marijuana and a pipe to officers. He allegedly told them he came to the home to trade marijuana for synthetic marijuana. He was released and arrested in the sweep.
Miller is still incarcerated at the Pike County Jail.

Edward Oberhaus
Edward R. Oberhaus was charged with distributing marijuana.  Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
On Dec. 30, 2013, Oberhaus allegedly sold $20 worth of marijuana to an informant in a parking lot on North 4th St. in Louisiana, according to a sheriff’s office probable cause statement.
He is still in custody at the Pike County Jail.

Gary Mebruer
Gary Mebruer was, charged with growing marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child by growing marijuana in his child’s closet. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.
On May 2, a sheriff’s sergeant received information that Mebruer was growing marijuana in his home, according to a sheriff’s office probable cause statement. The officer pulled Mebruer’s vehicle over on a roadway.
During the stop, Mebruer allegedly admitted to the marijuana grow, the statement said. A search of Mebruer’s home at 12022 Hwy. VV revealed five plants being grown in his son’s bedroom closet.
Officers allegedly confiscated the marijuana, multiple bags of marijuana seeds, containers, a water sprayer, an electric lamp and a ventilation fan, the statement said.
He is still in the Pike County Jail.

Dena Mebruer
Dena M. Mebruer was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by growing marijuana in the child’s closet from the May 2 search of the home she shares with Gary Mebruer. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
She allegedly admitted she knew her husband was growing marijuana in their son’s closet, according to a sheriff’s office probable cause statement. She remains incarcerated at the Pike County Jail.

Kiel Rogers
Kiel T. Rogers was charged with selling heroin.  Bond was set at $25,000 cash only. Rogers is currently incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
On Aug. 13, 2013, Rogers allegedly sold $50 worth of heroin to an informant at 1518 W. Main St. in Bowling Green, according to a MSHP probable cause statement.
On Nov. 20, 2013, Rogers pled guilty in Pike County Circuit Court to possession of methamphetamine in another case, according to court records.
Officers searched Rogers’ home on Sept. 12, 2013, and allegedly  found 13 grams of methamphetamine, three pipes, a scale and syringes, according to an MSHP probable cause statement. He pled guilty on Nov. 20, 2013, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Rogers had a previous drug conviction in Pike County in 2010 and a persistent offender driving while intoxicated conviction in St. Charles County in 2008.

Seth Adams
Seth M. Adams was charged with distribution of synthetic marijuana. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
On Aug. 13, 2013, an informant allegedly bought $20 worth of synthetic marijuana from Adams at 104 Hillcrest Drive in Bowling Green, according to an MSHP probable cause statement.
He was picked up by authorities in Jefferson City and remains at the Pike County Jail.

At large
• Richard K. Breen was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Bond was set $25,000 cash only.
On Feb. 20, a sheriff’s deputy following Breen’s vehicle on 5th Street in Louisiana saw him allegedly throw a marijuana cigarette out the window when he pulled him over, according to a sheriff’s office probable cause statement. The officer retrieved the cigarette and a search allegedly found marijuana and $1,001 in cash on Breen.
Breen allegedly admitted he had just delivered one-half ounce of marijuana to his uncle, Brent Meier, at his Louisiana residence. Breen said Meier bought him things on a credit card in exchange for the marijuana. A subsequent search of Meier’s home produced the marijuana, the statement said.
Sheriff Korte showed his appreciation for all those involved in the drug sweep in a statement.
“I would like to thank the public for their tips and information they shared to help us conduct these investigations and also thank all the deputies and officers who I suspect actually work more hours than they put down on their time sheets.”

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