Backpacks full of drugs, paraphernalia, lead to three arrests

A sighting of a Callaway County parole absconder early Saturday morning led to three arrests on multiple charges.

A Callaway County Sheriff's Deputy spotted a van belonging to 36-year-old Tricia Strange, of Holts Summit, at 1:39 a.m.

The deputy knew Strange had a felony parole absconder warrant for her arrest, and found the van at 9970 Tux Place.

When the deputy turned on a spotlight and emergency lights, the three occupants of the van fled on foot.

Strange was taken into custody after a foot pursuit.

Investigation revealed that she had a backpack that contained plastic baggies, some filled with methamphetamine, and other drug paraphernalia.

Strange was charged with:

Parole absconder warrant

Resisting arrest for a felony

Hindering prosecution of a felony

Possession controlled substance

Distribution controlled substance

Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia

27-year-old Brittany Roe, of Fulton, was found a short time later. Investigation revealed that she had thrown a backpack containing drug paraphernalia over a fence after fleeing the van.

She was charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

The third passenger, 31-year-old Markus Berry, was found at 6:52 a.m. Sunday by an off-duty Holts Summit police officer.

The officer spotted Berry walking along Highway 54. Deputies arrived and Berry resisted the arrest before being taken to Callaway County Jail.

Berry was charged with two counts of felony resisting arrest and three outstanding Callaway County warrants.

Strange will remain in Callaway County Jail until she is transferred to Department of Corrections.

Berry has a $9,000 cash-only bond for two counts of felony resisting arrest and a surety bond of $11,500 for three outstanding Callaway County failure to appear warrants.

Roe posted bond.