Following a tip about the location of a wanted man, Jackson County sheriff's deputies found that man and arrested two others at a White City home, where they also seized almost 13 pounds of marijuana, along with methamphetamine, painkillers and stolen property.
At about 6 p.m. Thursday deputies approached a home in the 7800 block of Jacqueline Way in White City looking for Brandon Alan Govenor, 24, who had multiple warrants for his arrest.
Officers could see that there were people in the home, but no one would respond even though deputies issued verbal commands and shone lights in the windows. According to police reports, while deputies worked over the phone to get a search warrant prepared, Wayne Eugene Barnes, 47, came to the door and said he was the sole occupant of the residence.
Officers said, however, that when they searched the home, they found Govenor hiding in the attic under the insulation. A third man, Richard William Myers Jr., 29, was located in a bedroom.
All three men were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Barnes was charged with hindering prosecution and failure to appear on a third-degree theft charge. Myers was arrested on a hindering prosecution charge.
Govenor was arrested for failure to appear on an identity theft charge and two counts each of burglary, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree theft.
A second search warrant covering items officers saw while searching for the men was prepared via phone calls, and deputies said they then seized 12 pounds and 14 ounces of processed marijuana, along with drug sales records, packaging materials, drying racks, methamphetamine, painkillers and stolen property.
Investigators determined that the property owner had already evicted the tenants, but had not yet regained possession of the home. She responded to the residence to change the locks while officers were there.
Additional charges related to the drugs and the recovered stolen property are pending, the sheriff's department news release said. Investigators believe some items found at the home were taken during burglaries and thefts from vehicles, so they are working to identify the rightful owners.
Mandy Valencia is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-776-4486.