Bull, Lapointe, Newby, Piper and Reynolds
SOUTH ROXANA – Police Chief Bob Coles on Friday released a summary of charges filed in local drug cases over the last two years.
“The South Roxana Police Department has undergone many changes over the course of the last couple of years,” Coles said in a press release. “We have dedicated ourselves to this community and to do everything within our powers to remove people who wish to destroy our town.
“My officers and I have been out many of late nights to ensure the public is served by a professional and proactive police department. I commend my officers for their approach to law enforcement. Instead of waiting for calls and feeling the wrath of the current anti-police sentiment, they are out there every night trying to foster better relationships and going after the people who need our undivided attention.
“What makes me proud to serve with my officers is their diversity in approaching the community. I’ve had citizens send me pictures of officers on duty playing with kids in town just to help build the next age of relationships.”
“I especially want to thank Officer Patrick Carrier and Lee Brousseau over their outstanding narcotics work and dedication to this community.”
The cases include:
– On Dec. 7, 2015, a narcotics tip led South Roxana police to conduct a search of the residence of Lisa Piper, 54, in the 200 block of Stephenson Avenue.
Police recovered an active marijuana grow operation along with more than 800 grams of cannabis. After lab results confirmed the narcotics, a warrant was issued for Piper's arrest for three counts: unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis sativa plants. Bond was set at $75,000.
– On Jan. 13, police acted on information about narcotic sales and firearms. Officers went to the 700 block of Ohio Avenue in South Roxana to investigate the complaint.
A search was conducted on the residence and 30 grams to 500 grams of marijuana was recovered along with items consistent with drug sales.
Lynn Reynolds, 31, who resides and has children with Mathew Newby, 31, was also charged when prescription narcotics were recovered and determined to be sold by Reynolds.
After lab results were confirmed for the recovered narcotics, a warrant was issued for Newby and Reynolds. Newby was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of cannabis with bond set at $75,000. Reynolds was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance with a bond set at $75,000.
– On Jan. 11, a disturbance led police to the 400 block of Missouri Avenue, next to the South Roxana Grade School. Upon the officer’s arrival, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine were observed in plain view. A follow-up search of the residence uncovered more narcotics, paraphernalia and materials consistent with narcotic sales.
Ronald Lapointe, 37, and Stephanie Bull, 34, were dating and lived together.
A search warrant was later obtained for Bull’s phone and records revealed sales of methamphetamine from the residence.
Follow-up investigation revealed the suspects both were involved in selling methamphetamine. Lapointe was on parole for methamphetamine manufacturing. Because of the time it takes to process narcotics at the crime lab, the police department requested his parole be revoked due to the narcotics sales.
Lapointe was arrested and later released by parole pending the outcome of formal charges.
After lab results were confirmed for the recovered narcotics, a warrant was issued for both suspects. Lapointe was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of methamphetamine; his bond was set at $75,000. Bull was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $75,000.