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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Drug bust blocks away from Sheriff's office, police dept.

  • Four Waynesville residents who live less than a half-mile from the local sheriff's and police departments were arrested recently on drug charges.
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  • Four Waynesville residents who live less than a half-mile from the local sheriff’s and police departments were arrested recently on drug charges.
    James Tillman, 23, Mariah Bland, 21, Aaron Ball, 27, and Dominic E. Smith, 35, all of Waynesville, were arrested last week with multiple felony drug charges.
    All four suspects live 0.2-mile from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and 0.3-mile from the Waynesville Police Department.
    On March 3, Waynesville Police Cpl. Victor Weir received a complaint from a concerned citizen in reference to narcotics allegedly being sold from 306 Fort St. by Tillman, according to court documents.
    On March 9, Weir knocked on Tillman's door, explained why he was there and asked if he was selling narcotics, court documents state. Tillman told Weir he wasn't selling or keeping narcotics at the home, according to court documents. Tillman then gave Weir consent to search the residence.
    After the investigation, police confirmed that Tillman possessed heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the probable cause statement.
    Court documents state that police also found a digital scale covered with green plant material and $932 in cash.
    Tillman, a convicted felon who is currently on probation for second-degree burglary, also possessed two guns he told police he was holding for friends, according to court documents.
    Tillman told Weir that he purchased these substances from Smith, who lived next door at 308 Fort St.
    Weir obtained a search warrant for Smith's home on March 13. Smith resides in the same home as Ball and Bland.
    While searching Smith's home, Weir found cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, a digital electronic scale with visible residue, and $180 cash, according to court documents, and in Ball and Bland's bedroom, Weir found more than $600, heroin and “green, leafy plant material” in a plastic bag.
    Smith was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He is currently in the Pulaski County Jail with a $150,000 bond.
    Ball was also charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He is currently in the Pulaski County Jail with a $150,000 bond, too.
    Bland was arrested and charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. On March 17, she posted bond, which was set at $150,000.
    If convicted, Smith, Ball and Bland could each face 45 years in prison.
    Tillman was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Tillman is currently in Pulaski County Jail with a $100,00 bond. If convicted, he could face 36 years in prison.

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