Authorities arrested six people Thursday in an investigation targeting drug distribution in Jackson County.

Those arrested were Dale Christopher Smith, 34, Melody Lynn Anderson, 55, Jason Scott Minney, 34, Caleb Eli Shamblen, 21, and Dylan Monroe Shamblen, 27, all of 814 Midway Acres Drive, Ripley. Police also arrested a juvenile as a result of the investigation.

Smith, Anderson, Minney and Caleb Shamblen were charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver (methamphetamine and heroin), said Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Dylan Shamblin was arrested on a capias warrant out of Jackson County Circuit Court. Additional charges are pending against him, Mellinger said.

All five adults were incarcerated in the South Central Regional Jail. Dylan Shamblen was being held without bond. Caleb Shamblen, Smith, Anderson, and Minney all had their bonds set at $50,000 each.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Deputy C.R. Saltsgaver began receiving information about a drug distribution operation at 814 Midway Acres Drive. The information received by Saltsgaver specifically implicated Smith and others, according to documents filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

Around 1:25 a.m. Thursday, Saltsgaver and other officers with the Jackson County Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 814 Midway Acres Drive. The residence is owned by Anderson.

“Dale Smith was our main target. He's been a target for some time; we've been working on the investigation for a while. We got a call from one of our evening shift deputies who said he had an informant who had some good information on Mr. Smith,” Mellinger said.

Officers entered through the front door, which opened into a kitchen and living room common area. Once inside of the residence officers saw Smith, Anderson, and Minney sitting at the kitchen table.

“All the drugs were laying on the table with the scales. They were in the middle of packaging when we went in. It would certainly lead a person to believe they were in the process of making a distribution arrangement,” Mellinger said.

Caleb Eli Shamblen and a juvenile female were located in a bedroom adjacent to the common area.

During a search of Smith, Saltsgaver found a clear bag containing a clear crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. Smith's other pocket contained one capped needle and syringe.

On the kitchen table, officers found four individual baggies of a black-tar substance believed to be heroin. The heroin was laid out in an amount and manner consistent with distribution and not personal use, deputies said.

Next to the individually packaged tar substances was an open digital scale. The scale had both tar and white powder residue on it consistent with the weighing of heroin and methamphetamine, deputies said.

A further search of the kitchen area revealed a small box that contained a digital scale and a ledger. The writing on the ledger was consistent with that of documenting the sale of controlled substances.

Mellinger said he was pleased with the results of the investigation.

“We were just extremely happy with the coordinated effort between the officers of the JCBI. A couple officers from Ravenswood came out to help us with this. At the end of the day, everybody went home safe and Jackson County was a little bit cleaner this morning,” Mellinger said.