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Newton County Woman is Doubtful Nephew's Drug Arrest Will Make Difference

Newton County, Missouri -

Two people are arrested at a home just outside of Joplin after a visit from deputies and a drug task force team.  Drug busts are unfortunately not unique to this area.  But we got a look at how some extended family have been impacted by today's incident.

Norma McCoy lives along busy Highway 43.  Her neighbor across the highway...

"He'd do anything for you," says McCoy.

...Is also her nephew.

"But I don't know when he ever gets off of drugs," says McCoy.

The 48-year-old man has been arrested and is facing charges of receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

"We've gotten some methamphetamines.  I believe there was also some cash seized," says Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings.

"I knew he was probably going to get caught one of these days," says McCoy.

Newton County deputies and members of the Ozark Drug Task Force are working to return what they believe was stolen.

"You have a large accumulation of one item.  If you have a large accumulation of expensive chainsaws, probably something is going on there.  I think there were some dirt bikes there.  Vin's being removed is always a dead sign," says Jennings.

McCoy says drugs have not only ruined her nephew's life, but lives around him.

"It killed his youngest brother.  Left her with three children.  Just a newborn baby boy," says McCoy.

We asked McCoy if she hopes her nephew will get help, now that he has been arrested.

"It didn't before," says McCoy.

"We've charged people there before.  They've been arrested and they've been sentenced, and here we are again," says Jennings.

Jennings says he would like to see stricter laws for repeat drug offenders.  McCoy hopes somebody, she'll be closer to her nephew...distance aside.

A 36-year-old woman was also arrested and has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance.


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