Wyatt couple face felony drug charges

Monday, January 30, 2017

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Wyatt couple face felony charges following a narcotics distribution investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.

Jason Lindell Sharp, 42, is charged with the felonies of delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Youlanda Rena Sharp, 36, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson, the investigation began last week when deputies received information methamphetamine was being distributed by Jason Sharp from an address in rural Mississippi County.

During the investigation, several deputies conducted surveillance to develop probable cause to believe methamphetamine was being sold from the residence then obtained a search warrant.

The search warrant was served early Saturday by Mississippi County sheriff's deputies with assistance from the Scott County canine handler and officers from the Charleston Department of Public Safety and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The search yielded a large amount of marijuana, methamphetamine, U.S. currency, scales, baggies and other items indicative of large scale drug distribution taking place within the home, Hutcheson reported.

Following the search, Jason Sharp and Youlanda Sharp were arrested and transported to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

As of press time, both parties remain in the Mississippi County Detention Center. Bond for Jason Sharp is set at $200,000 while Yolanda Sharp's bond is set at $25,000.

The sheriff reminded residents that all drug tips will be investigated and all sources will remain confidential.

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