The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

April 30, 2014

Drug Task Force arrests three

ANDERSON — After three drug buys using a confidential informant over the past month, the Madison County Drug Task Force uncovered a cocaine-dealing operation and arrested three suspects Tuesday night.

Walter H. Stamp, 59, DeAndrea S. Anderson, 20, and Jazzmar Pearson, 29, were taken into custody after detectives raided a home in the 2300 block of West 12th Street about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Stamp faces felony charges of dealing cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance. Anderson, who allegedly admitted to police he was supplying the cocaine to Stamp, faces charges of dealing and visiting a common nuisance. Pearson, who reportedly brought a 4-year-old girl to the home, faces charges of neglect and visiting a common nuisance.

According to a probable cause affidavit, DTF detectives worked with a confidential informant on three occasions — March 31, April 1 and April 28 — setting up cocaine buys allegedly with Stamp on each date. The informant allegedly made buys of $60, $80 and $60 worth of cocaine from Stamp on those days, allowing authorities to obtain a warrant to search the home.

On Tuesday, detectives went to the home and found Stamp, Anderson, Pearson and the young girl. They found several items of drug paraphernalia, including glass smoking pipes, spoons with cocaine residue and burnt copper mesh. Small amounts of marijuana were also found.

In an interview with police, Stamp reportedly said he had been selling cocaine for “a few months,” and had been getting his supply from Anderson and had sold to Pearson a few times.

Anderson allegedly admitted to police that he had been supplying Stamp. He estimated he had sold an “eight ball,” or 3.5 grams, since the alleged March 31 deal.

According to Madison County Jail records Wednesday night, Pearson was released on bail about an hour after being arrested. Stamp and Anderson were still in custody on $50,000 full-cash bonds.

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