On Feb. 17, the Ava Police Department received information from Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed regarding possible drug activity at an Ava residence.
Sheriff Reed said a male subject was arrested in Ozark County for drug activity, and information received by the officers indicated a possible tie to Ava.
Ava Police Chief Reggie Johnson, Sgt. Tim Stuart and Cpl. David Overcast went to the residence in the 600 block of SW 7th Street in Ava’s Sundown Ridge subdivision and spoke with a female at that residence. Sgt. Stuart explained why they were there and the officers were given permission to go inside and search the house for any illegal drugs or illegal weapons.
Cpl. Overcast applied for a warrant for the illegal drugs and weapons that were found in the residence.
On Monday, Feb. 29, Ava Police received an arrest warrant for Edward M. Morin-Ginn, of Ava, for felony possession of a firearm, felony possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Morin-Ginn was arrested at his residence and is being held in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 10 percent cash or surety bond.
Amanda Marie Chavarria was also arrested on an Ozark County warrant for felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Chavarria posted a $1,500 cash bond.
Morin-Ginn is charged with Class C felony unlawful possession of a firearm, Class C felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, and Class A misdemeanor possession of up to 35 grams or less of marijuana.
Chavarria is charged with felony distribute, deliver, manufacture, produce or attempt to possess with intent to distribute, deliver, manufacture, produce marijuana.
“I want to thank Sheriff Reed for the drug tip, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and all of my staff for all their hard work on this case,” Chief Johnson said. “This is how crimes get solved; by sharing information,” he added.
Chief Johnson reminds the public, if you need to report a crime please call 417-683-2900. “Remember, you can remain anonymous,” he added.