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Five arrested after Clark County drug investigation

Posted: Jun. 12, 2019 9:50 pm Updated: Jun. 13, 2019 3:53 pm

KAHOKA, Mo. -- Five Clark County residents were arrested Tuesday on drug charges after a search warrant was served in Kahoka.

Arrested were:

Jim L. McCarty, 68, of Kahoka, on three counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), one count of possession of a controlled substance (illegal prescription drugs) and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He also was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Karla J. McCarty, 60, of Kahoka, on three counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), one count of possession of a controlled substance (illegal prescription drugs) and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. She also was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alicia J. Sturm, 31, of Kahoka, on three counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), one count of possession of a controlled substance (illegal prescription drugs) and one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.

Cathy Rae Simmons, 41 of Alexandria, on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.

Joseph Richard Whitehead, 23, of Kahoka, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He also was arrested on a charge of burglary and a misdemeanor count of stealing in connection with a burglary investigation.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department said deputies, along with law enforcement personnel from the North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol searched Jim McCarty's home at 26614 County Road 307 and found controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, stolen property and a firearm. The search warrant followed an investigation by the Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department said the McCartys were being held in the Clark County Detention Center on $50,000 cash-only bonds, and Strum, Simmons and Whitehead were being held on $35,000 cash-only bonds.

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