Three East Prairie residents face felony drug charges
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Three East Prairie residents face felony charges following a narcotics investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.
David Wayne Sprinkles, 57, of East Prairie is charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance and felony delivery of less than 35 Grams of Marijuana.
April Dawn Fritsch, 36, of East Prairie is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance.
Michael W. Adams, 34, of East Prairie is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
According to Mississippi County Chief Deputy Branden Caid, an investigation began last week when the Sheriff's Office received information various narcotics were being distributed by Sprinkles from a residence in rural Mississippi County.
During the investigation, Sheriff Cory Hutcheson conducted surveillance to develop probable cause to believe methamphetamine was being sold from the residence and then used the information he compiled to obtain a search warrant for the home, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The search warrant was served late Friday by sheriff's deputies and troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The search yielded a large amount of marijuana, U.S. currency, methamphetamine, scales, baggies and other items indicative of drug distribution taking place within the home.
Following the search, Sprinkles and Fritsch were placed under arrest and transported to the Mississippi County Detention Center.
Through surveillance conducted during this investigation, deputies developed probable cause to believe Adams had purchased narcotics from Sprinkles, and a subsequent search of Adams' residence turned up a felony amount of marijuana.
As of press time, all three remain in the Mississippi County Detention Center. Bond for Sprinkles was set at $75,000; Adams at $50,000; and Frisch at $10,000.
Hutcheson commended the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their assistance with this investigation. He also reminded residents all drug tips will be investigated and all sources will remain confidential.