Two arrested after month long narcotics investigation

The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department says they were able to take a big-time drug dealer off the streets.

Sheriff Keith Moore says the investigation began last month when they receive a tip that a large amount of crystal methamphetamine was being routinely delivered to and then sold from an East Prairie home.

A break in the investigation came on Tuesday when deputies learned that one of the residents of the home was traveling through the county with methamphetamine.

Deputies pulled over 32-year-old Ronnie Dale Brawner’s car and found a “substantial” amount of meth and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Brawner and his two passengers were arrested and taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

During an interview, deputies determined that the two passengers were unaware of the drugs hidden in the car. They also develop probable cause that more narcotics and drug paraphernalia were being stored in Brawner’s home.

A warrant was obtained for Brawner’s Lombardy Street home and served late Tuesday night. During the search, deputies found a “significant” amount of methamphetamine, pills, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

33-year-old Rachel Nicole Myers was arrested after the search. During her interview, deputies established probably cause to believe that she knowingly possessed narcotics and drug paraphernalia in the home.

Brawner was charged with distribution of a controlled substance near a school, distribution of a controlled substance near a park, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Brawner’s home is close to R.A. Doyle Elementary.

Myers was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Both are in the Mississippi County Detention Center. Brawner’s bond has been set at $150,000. Myers’ bond has been set at $75,000.

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