By IVY HERRON
Six adults and one juvenile were arrested for alleged drug activity Saturday evening at the Villa Motel, 2186 W. U.S. 40.
Search warrants were obtained for two rooms at the motel because of information provided to Clay County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Rob Gambill, Deputy Jerry Siddens and Brazil City Patrolman Kenny Hill.
According to a press release provided by Det. Sgt. Gambill, the information and subsequent surveillance of the two rooms led authorities to suspect drugs, specifically meth-amphetamine and marijuana, were being used and distributed by individuals staying at the rooms. Information also led authorities to believe some of the individuals involved were known to carry firearms.
Because of the possibility of weapons being involved, 18 members of Clay County Sheriff's, Brazil City Police, Clay City Police and the Carbon Police departments performed the search warrants late Saturday evening.
During the search, officers discovered two handguns, approximately 1 1/2 ounces of methamphetamine, numerous hypodermic needles, scales, marijuana, materials used in drug packaging, ammunition, and other paraphernalia.
Seven individuals were taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on various preliminary drug related charges.
A 17-year-old Brazil juvenile was charged with visiting a common nuisance, but further details are unavailable at this time.
Michael W. Hendrickson Jr., 24, Knightsville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine over three grams with intent to deliver and reckless possession of paraphernalia.
Ashlynn R. Sanders, 21, Carbon, was charged with possession of methamphetamine under three grams and visiting a common nuisance.
Kimberly R. Schurick, 25, Brazil, was charged with possession of methamphetamine over 3grams with intent to deliver, reckless possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
Robert E. Shepard III, 32, Spencer, was charged with possession of methamphetamine over three grams with intent to deliver and possession of a handgun without a permit.
James E. Skelton, 19, Brazil, was charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.
William Clifford Stone Jr., 24, Carbon, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a handgun without a permit, and visiting a common nuisance.