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Marshall police arrest 4 alleged drug distributors

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Marshall police officers and members of the Lafayette County Crisis Action Team made four arrests after serving a search warrant at a North Franklin Avenue address in Marshall.

The warrant was obtained as a result of an investigation into drug distribution, according to a news release from Marshall Police Department.

A quantity of U.S. currency, crack cocaine and paraphernalia associated with the manufacture and distribution of crack cocaine were found in the residence, which is located about 1,125 feet from a Marshall elementary school, police said.

The four Marshall residents were subsequently charged in Saline County Circuit Court with multiple drug-related felonies.

Amber R. Barber, 29, and Jason Mandrel Payne, 27, were each charged with three counts of class A felony distributing a controlled substance near schools and one count of class A felony attempting to manufacture a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of any school, college or school bus.

Bond for Barber and Payne was set at $250,000 each, cash only.

Karla Denise Colbert, 43, and Sheila M. Butler, 46, were each charged with one count of class A felony attempting to manufacture a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of any school, college or school bus.

Bond for Colbert and Butler was set at $100,000 each, cash only.

In a memo to the court, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer noted the serious consequences if the suspects are convicted -- the possibility of life in prison -- as justification for the high bond amounts.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com