Chase leads to drug raid and arrests of 5 people

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

An armed man led Missouri deputies on a high-speed chase into Carroll County Tuesday night, and a resulting raid on County Road 4201 north of Berryville led to arrests on drug and other charges.

The armed suspect, Chris Helms, was later arrested at gunpoint by CCSO Deputy John Rains in a dark bedroom of a mobile home.

The incident started at about 8:50 p.m. when Barry County, Mo., deputies radioed for help when the suspect and another man escaped Missouri and entered Carroll County.

Local deputies and Sheriff Chuck Medford responded to the area of Highway 221 North, while Missouri investigators forwarded information that the suspect was armed, and that they had seized a suspected meth lab in Missouri.

The deputies from both states were unable to find the white Chevrolet truck, but received information on the possible whereabouts of suspects from Barry County deputies.

Medford, Barry County Sheriff Mickey Epperley, CCSO deputies Daniel Klatt and John Rains met with four other Barry County. Mo., deputies later in the evening, and set up to raid the residence on County Road 4201, where Helms was believed to be. Medford said Helms has a history of confrontations with police, so the lawmen closed in from 221 North and 21 North, meeting at and surrounding the mobile home several miles south of the Missouri line.

Medford said the deputies went in both entrances of the trailer at the same time, and swept the home and cleared it, where several people claimed Helms was not there.

Medford said consent to search the residence was obtained from two of the residents, and Rains found Helms in a dark bedroom under a pile of clothes, and ordered him at gunpoint to come out with his hands up.

Deputy Rains said Helms told him he was thinking of "shooting it out" with deputies, but decided not to because he had known the deputy for many years, according to a written report.

Rains found a loaded Glock .40-calibre handgun that was registered as a weapon previously belonging to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Medford said it was not yet known if the gun was stolen or bought from a police auction.

The resulting search of the home resulted in arrests of Helms, 39, of Branson West and Carroll County; Melissa Baker, aka Melissa Helms, 31, of Oak Grove; Alicia Chaney 28, Berryville, the two residents of the home, Carlina Goodwin, 29, of Berryville, and David Tresler, 29, of Berryville; and a woman who drove up during the raid, Tanya Grogan, 21, of Berryville. Grogan allegedly had warrants and was also charged with methamphetamine possession for a package of meth allegedly found in her purse.

Chris Helms was charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Alicia Chaney was charged with felony hindering apprehension of a fugitive and faces other charges.

Carlina Goodwin and David Tresler were charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and hindering apprehension of a fugitive.

As of press time Thursday, Helms faces other charges in Missouri, possibly in connection with the meth lab, and the rest of the suspects were in Carroll County Jail awaiting bond hearings.

Medford said deputies and jailers were still working on inventories and aliases, and added that the investigation isn't over.

A long list of drugs and drug paraphernalia was being processed, including meth, marijuana, psuedoephedrine which is used in the manufacturing of meth, weighing scales, unidentified pills, and a dozen or more other pieces of paraphernalia.

"It was an all-nighter, Medford said. "We're still trying to get it all written up, but the deputies did a great job and made sure no one got hurt."

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