The Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force has announced the arrests of several individuals on a number of drug-related charges. 

On April 2, Brian S. Ellis and Poppy L. Shoemaker of Hannibal were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, following a joint investigation between the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force and the Division of Child and Social Services. Ellis was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. Shoemaker was placed under arrest and later released. Additionally, Willis J. Gollaher of Hannibal was also located at the residence and arrested on an unrelated warrant. Ellis is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The Task Force and Monroe County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on April 9 that led to the arrests of James Wallace and Donna Waters, both of Paris. Items used to manufacture methamphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found during the traffic stop. Following the traffic stop, a search of their residence in Paris lead officers to discover additional methamphetamine, meth-making materials, and drug paraphernalia. Wallace is charged with Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Providing Materials for the Production of a Controlled Substance. Waters faces the same charges.

Items used to manufacture methamphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also located by the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force during an April 15 search of three apartments on Bird Street in Hannibal. Anthony Tate of Hannibal and Jennifer Betts of Paris were arrested and transported to the Marion County Sheriff's Office following the search. Tate was charged with Attempt to Manufacture a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. Betts is charge with Unlawfully Providing Materials for Production of a Controlled Substance.