Lepanto police make drug arrests

Friday, February 19, 2016
Lepanto Police Department's K9 Cardi is pictured with drugs and paraphernalia recovered during a search that resulted in the arrest of Joshua Gosa. (Photo provided)

Lepanto police arrested three people for marijuana possession in separate incidents last week.

The first arrest came on Wednesday, Feb. 10, after Officers Dakota Davidson and Daniel Vaughn made a traffic stop at the intersection of Oak Street and Alexander Avenue. According to the police report, the driver, James Burrus, was driving on a suspended license.

When officers pulled him out of the vehicle, Burrus fled on foot. The report stated that officers recovered 110 grams of marijuana dropped by Burrus but lost him after chasing for several blocks. Officer Kevin Tucker and his K9 partner Cardi were called to track Burrus. Cardi followed Burrus' scent for several blocks and located him in a shed behind a residence.

Burrus was arrested, along with his passenger Misty Sparks. A search of the vehicle also revealed scales. Burrus was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing, tampering with evidence, criminal trespassing, driving on a suspended license, and no insurance. Sparks was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and permitting an unauthorized person to drive.

In a separate incident the following day, Feb. 11, Lepanto police, along with K9 Cardi, executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Kenwood Avenue. According to the report, the search resulted in the recovery of 98 grams of marijuana along with scales and drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested Joshua Taylor Gosa, 24, of Lepanto, and charged him with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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