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Cole County deputies arrest 5 people in connection with Wardsville drug bust

Cole Sheriff deputies
Cole County Sheriff's Office
Cole County deputies said in a news release 20-year-old Andrew Rotter was arrested with methamphetamine, prescription drugs and counterfeit money in connection with a drug bust that happened on Friday, April 13.
Cole County Sheriff's Office
Cole County Sheriff's Office
Deputies say methamphetamine and prescription drugs were found inside a Wardsville home after a drug bust on Friday, April 10..


The Cole County Sheriff's Office said Monday a fifth person was arrested in connection with a Wardsville drug bust that happened on Friday.

A release from the sheriff's office said 20-year-old Andrew Rotter was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of drug possession and resisting arrest.

Cole County prosecutors charged Sidney Rodriguez, Clayton Pace, Jeremy Bussone, as well as Jennie Branham in connection with the drug bust.

Deputies said a search of the residence Rodriguez, Pace, Bussone and Branham share in Wardsville revealed a methamphetamine distribution operation. Court documents said deputies found multiple bags of meth and prescription drugs in rooms throughout the house.

Deputies alleged drug packaging materials including plastic bags and scales were found in Bussone's room.

A news release sent out Monday morning said Rotter ran from deputies after he was pulled over on Friday. Deputies alleged a controlled substance was found inside the car he ran from.

The news release said Rotter was later arrested with meth, prescription durgs, counterfeit money, as well as gun ammunition.

Online court records show Rodriguez, Bussone and Pace each face a charge of second-degree drug trafficking. The same records say Branham was charged with a count of possession of a controlled substance.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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