Four arrested after authorities find methamphetamine, gun
FORTUNA - Deputies in Moniteau County arrested four people after finding drugs and a gun on Friday, according to the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators went to a property at the intersection of Highway Z and Highway 5 to find Lacey Roach, who had several outstanding warrants for her arrest. They found her in the upstairs area of the home and took her into custody.
Deputies also identified Justin Simmons, who had an outstanding warrant out of Jefferson City for larceny/stealing, and took him into custody.
A third suspect, Lisa Thoenen from Russellville, had methamphetamine and a gun with her, according to authorities; she was also taken into custody.
The fourth suspect was identified as Francis Kempker.
A K-9 unit was called to help and located a "substantial amount" of methamphetamine hidden inside.
While in transport to the jail, Roach allegedly tried to bribe Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley, who was driving the car.
Deputies with the Moniteau County Sheriff’s worked in conjunction with the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force and the Mustang Drug Task Force in executing the search warrant.
Kempker, from Fortuna, Missouri, was charged on suspicion of drug trafficking and hindering prosecution.
Roach, from Fortuna, Missouri, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and attempted bribery of a public servant.
Thoenen, from Russellville, Missouri, was charged on suspicion of trafficking, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.