Helicopter, dog used to catch suspects who fled into woods
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Combined Ozarks Meth Enforcement Team drug task force, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri National Guard collaborated to arrest four people Monday night at a home near Miller, where drugs and a stolen vehicle were allegedly recovered. Arrested as a result of the operation were: Kurt Johnson, 20, of Mt. Vernon; Kent Johnson, 23, of Mt. Vernon; Amber Clayton, 36, of Billings; and Richard Johnson, 47, of Miller. According to Sheriff Brad DeLay, a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia, was located in the home. He said the amount of meth is approximately 100 grams, but the substances have not been analyzed and an exact weight confirmed. A 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, allegedly stolen from El Dorado was also recovered at the scene. DeLay said while serving a search warrant at the home relating to a drug investigation, Kent Johnson and Clayton fled from a residence into a wooded area. With the assistance of the Missouri National Guard Counter Drug Aviation Wing helicopter’s FLIR unit and Greene County’s tactical team, the two suspects were tracked and taken into custody. “It lasted about 10-15 minutes,” DeLay said. They ran about two miles from the original location. We had the helicopter and Greene County Tactical Team’s K-9 assisting us, and more or less, they gave up when they realized there was a helicopter and a dog.” Kent Johnson is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond and is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class B felony, and receiving stolen property, a class C felony. Clayton is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond and is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class B felony. Kurt Johnson is still being held in the Lawrence County jail, and Richard Johnson was released early Tuesday morning. Lawrence County Prosecutor Don Trotter had not filed charges against the men as of presstime Tuesday.