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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Granby woman faces drug charges

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  • Formal charges have been filed against a Granby woman arrested Monday after a drug raid at her home.
    Sherry Draleaus, 51, has been charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, a Class B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; and possession of a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
    Draleaus has pleaded not guilty to the charge. A pre-trial conference was set for July 8 with Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel presiding.
    Bond has been set at $7,500.
    Draleaus and her brother, 33-year-old Vernon Quigley, were arrested Mondy at their homes after deputies served search warrants and found components of a meth lab at Draleaus’ residence, and syringes and other drug paraphernalia in her brother’s bedroom at the home he shares with his mother.
    “In [Draleaus’] house, I found several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Newton County deputy Todd Morgan wrote in a probable cause affidavit. “They included Heet, acetone, [a] glass bottle with unknown substance, Pyrex dishes, coffee filters, muratic acid, lighter fluid, a jar with two phase liquid, [and] several jars and bottles of [an] unknown substance.”
    The affidavit said Draleaus last bought pseudo-ephedrine at Neosho’s Walmart on June 9. After being read his Miranda rights, Quigley allegedly told authorities he bought ephedrine and tinctured iodine in the last month and gave it to Robert Rice, whom Draleaus lives with, in exchange for meth.
    “He stated he receives about a quarter gram of methamphetamines for the items,” the affidavit read. “He stated that he does not cook methamphetamines.”
    Quigley faces a Class D felony charge of possession of a methamphetamine precursor with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday, and will be back in court on July 8 for a pre-trial conference. Stremel will preside in that hearing as well.
    The former treasurer of the Seneca PTO has been sentenced to probation, restitution and community service.
    Tabitha L. Lant, 29, Joplin, pleaded guilty to a reduced felony charge of stealing on April 28. In exchange for her guilty plea, a four-year prison sentence was suspended, and she was ordered to serve five years probation; serve a total of 480 hours of community service at the rate of eight hours a month; and pay restitution of $25,199.86 at the rate of $425 a month beginning on Aug. 1. Under the terms of the sentence, Lant will not be eligible for parole until full restitution has been made.
    Lant is accused of taking nearly $25,200 while serving as treasurer of the PTO. Seneca Police Chief James Altic wrote in a probable cause affidavit that the missing funds were discovered when Seneca PTO President Lacie Graham was contacted by Peoples Bank of Seneca, regarding insufficient funds in the organization’s checking account.
    Page 2 of 2 - “A review of the accounts revealed numerous unexplained purchases by PTO treasurer Tabitha Lant,” Altic wrote.
    According to Altic’s report, the charges included purchases from Tropical Tan, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s and Walmart.
    “The Seneca Police Department acquired video from Wal-Mart where Lant was using the PTO debit card for personal use,” Altic wrote. “A search warrant was served on Lant’s residence for any and all PTO related documents.”

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