Three People Arrested New Year's Day for Drugs

Anthony Pagano

Rebekah Penney Paul Miller

On January 1, 2021 at approximately 9:18 pm, Barry County Deputy Noah Whitehead along with Cassville Officer Justin Dunivant attempted to serve a felony warrant at 1645 Schell Street for Anthony Pagano.  Officer Dunivant knocked on the door and Pagano answered officers but would not open the door.  Establishing that they had enough probable cause to enter the residence for a felony arrest, Deputy Whitehead and Officer Dunivant entered the residence and located 52 year old Anthony Pagano in the bathroom.  They also located two other individuals, 44 year old Rebekah Penney and 32 year old Paul Miller.  After what appeared to be narcotics and drug paraphernalia in plain view, the officers applied for a search warrant for the residence.  All three subjects inside the residence were placed on a 24 hour hold and transported to the Barry County Jail.  After the search warrant was obtained, the residence was searched and officers located drug paraphernalia(including spoons and smoking pipes), digital scales, a workbench area that had the precursors for making methamphetamine, several pills, 3 bags of suspected heroin,  5 small bags containing a white powdery substance suspected to be methamphetamine, several used clear bags with a white powdery residue, 1 bag containing a crystal like substance and a shotgun.  All three have been charged with 1 count of felony Attempt to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, 1 count of felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance,  6 counts of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1 count of felony Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1 count of misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 1 count of misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Rebekah Penney has also been charged with 1 count of felony Delivering or Concealing Prohibited Articles in the jail. Bonds have been set for all three at $50,000 cash only.

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