3 arrested in bust next to high school

Sweet Home police arrested three people in connection with a search warrant served Monday.

At approximately 7 a.m., officers assisted by other members of the Linn Drug Team, served the warrant at 1124 18th Ave. The residence is located adjacent to Sweet Home High School and is surrounded on two sides by Sweet Home High School property.

Arrested were Judy Rea Owen, 54, on charges of possession of a controlled substance (PCS), marijuana over one ounce, PCS methamphetamine and distribution of a controlled substance (DCS) within 1,000 feet of a school; Danny Ray Roebuck, 52, on charges of PCS marijuana over one ounce, PCS methamphetamine and second-degree burglary; and Elbert Samuel Hackworth, 48, on PCS methamphetamine, DCS marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, manufacturing a controlled substance (MCS) marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school; MCS methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, second-degree burglary, three counts of identity theft and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

A methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamines, marijuana and packaging material were seized during the warrant, Chief Bob Burford said. In addition, evidence of identity theft and multiple items of suspected stolen property were seized.

Multiple new items of construction hardware were located, Burford said. He said officers were able to determine that the items had been taken in a burglary occurring just hours prior to the service of the warrant, and had yet to be reported.

The items were from a home being remodeled at 2220 Kalmia St. They were in the home when it suffered fire damage at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Saturday. The recovered items were still damp and smelling of smoke.

The warrant was the result of an ongoing Sweet Home Police Department narcotics and identity theft investigation.

Further charges are anticipated, Burford said.

All three were transported to Linn County Jail. They were released later on Monday.