Teacher and two others arrested on drug charges in Tyronza

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
James David Bodry

Tribune News Staff

After eight long months of investigation and one convicted felon's slip up, the Tyronza Police Department was finally able to get inside the residence of Turrell High School science teacher, James David "JD" Bodry, 47, whom the TPD has suspected of drug activity for years.

"We've been getting complaints from citizens about the traffic and activity at the Bodry residence for quite some time," Chief Tony Turner of TPD said. "It's been a long time coming for him."

The TPD got its big break when Timothy Jason Bouler, 29, made a critical mistake in the city of Marked Tree. His alleged criminal activity provided police with the opening they needed. In addition to his fraud activities, he also had an active warrant for his arrest in Crittenden County for violation of probation for possession of controlled substance, a Class C felony. Chief Turner, along with parole and probation officer Danny Qualls, MTPD Detective Jeremy Bond and K-9 Officer Tess, approached the Bodry residence located at 151 Oak Street in Tyronza across from the First Baptist Church to apprehend Bouler and search his domain in a probation search.

Jessica Lynne Hannah, 20, met the police at the door of the residence and tried to conceal Bouler's presence in the home, but then let the officers in after talking with Chief Turner. Bouler's room and the living room were searched and he was apprehended. During the search the officers discovered drug paraphernalia and approximately 4-5 grams of methamphetamine "ice" in a trash can in the room shared by Bouler and Hannah.

Upon further investigation, the officers discovered bags containing components recently used in the production of methamphetamines under the carport of the residence.

"The residue was still sticky and the odor was very strong," Turner said. "They had cooked the drugs within 72 hours. This evidence provided us with enough to get a warrant to search the rest of the residence including JD's bedroom which was locked."

The search of Bodry's bedroom led police to the confiscation of another two grams of methamphetamine, which was found in the pocket of one of Bodry's shirts hanging in his closet.

James David Bodry was charged with possession of controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, proximity to a certain facility - church and use of communication device - surveillance camera. Judge Steve Inboden set bond at $25,000 cash or surety with a Circuit Court appearance set for March 24. Bodry is currently out on bond.

Timothy Jason Bouler, 29, was charged with possession of controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, possession with intent to deliver - methamphetamine, proximity to a certain facility - church and use of communication device - surveillance camera. Judge Steve Inboden set bond at $100,000 cash with a Circuit Court appearance set for March 24.

Jessica Lynne Hannah, 20, of was charged with possession of controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, proximity to a certain facility - church and use of communication device - surveillance camera. Judge Steve Inboden set bond at $25,000 cash with a Circuit Court appearance set for March 24.

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