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Four arrested in drug-related cases

Published 1:01pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

Four people, including a pregnant woman, are facing drug charges after separate incidents on Tuesday in Morgan County.

On Tuesday evening, Morgan County Deputies along with officers with the Priceville Police Department went to 181 East St. in Somerville to perform a knock and talk.

Deputies and officers made contact with Johnathan Moore and a 17-year-old white male within residence. Law enforcement was granted verbal and written consent to search residence provided by homeowner Johnathan Moore.

Deputies discovered marijuana growing in the bathroom of residence consisting of two growing marijuana plants under heat lamps. Deputies notified agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force.

Drug Task Force Agent located and removed two growing marijuana plants and equipment used to grow marijuana plants along with drug paraphernalia items. Deputies and officers discovered numerous firearms throughout the residence and discovered that at least four of the guns and rifles were reported stolen.

Moore was arrested and charged with the unlawful possession of marijuana in the 1st degree. He could face additional charges related to the stolen firearms discovered in his home.

While deputies were investigating the incident on East Street in Somerville, that Morgan County Deputies responded to a domestic call at 37 Parker Road in the Union Hill/Morgan City community. Deputies upon arrival made contact with Connie Rigsby Sloan and her sister, April Rigsby.

While conducting the investigation, deputies discovered items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Upon arrival of the drug task force, agents located chemicals, pseudoephedrine packs and other equipment along with other materials used in the manufacturing process to produce methamphetamine in a garbage can. Sloan and Rigsby were both arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance – methamphetamine 1st degree, unlawful possession of felony drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Sloan is currently four months pregnant and agents believe she was using methamphetamine. Bonds were set for Sloan by Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Howell at $50,000 for manufacturing methamphetamine, $25,000 for possession of felony drug paraphernalia and $25,000 for possession of methamphetamine.

Agents are attempting to locate Benjamin Sloan, who ran from the residence prior to deputies arrival. Benjamin Sloan is currently out on bond for prior methamphetamine related offense that occurred in January 2013. Benjamin Sloan is still at large. are obtaining warrants for the arrest of Benjamin Sloan on charges of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance first degree, unlawful possession of felony drug paraphernalia and for the unlawful possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

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