Crime

Wood River police arrest six in two-day drug bust

Six people face illegal drug charges following several rounds of drug busts by Wood River police over a two-day period.

At 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, police executed a drug search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of Illinois Street in Wood River, where two people were taken into custody, a news release from the department stated.

According to the release, Chastity D. Barnes, 43, was charged with unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and William C. Hazelrigg, 34, was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Their bail amount was $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, police arrested Cynthia A. Roswell, 50, following a traffic stop on her car, police stated. During the traffic stop, a K-9 unit gave the indication of illegal drugs in the car and, during a search, a controlled substance was located.

Roswell was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, the release stated. Her bail amount was set at $15,000.

Also on Tuesday, around 8:55 p.m., police responded to a call in the 50th block of Carrollwood Drive in Wood River for a report of three unwanted subjects, the release stated.

There, police said they were directed to a bedroom in the residence where Thomas S. Gray, 50, Mandy M. Townsend, 43, of East Alton, and Gary A. Lavite, 59, of East Alton were found.

The three were taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. According to the release, bail was originally set at $25,000 for each of them.

However, Gray and Lavite now face additional charges of failure to comply with bail bond conditions and now have no bond, police said.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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