Report: Drugs, ledger found in home

OKEECHOBEE — Two women are being held on bond after a search warrant was served Wednesday on the S.E. 58th Drive home they shared.

Arrest reports indicate at least one of the women was in possession of a ledger that indicated she had apparently been selling drugs.

Retha Ann Barber, 46

Retha Ann Barber, 46

Arrested on Aug. 31 were Retha Ann Barber, 46, and Sally Ellen Lee, 35.

Barber was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a prescription. She was also charged with possession of a drug not properly labeled without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both of those charges are misdemeanors.

Sally Ellen Lee, 35

Sally Ellen Lee, 35

She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $22,000.
Lee was arrested on one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is being held on an $11,000 bond.

Detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, aided by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, executed the warrant around 8:51 a.m.

According to a detective’s arrest report Barber was seen removing a pill bottle from the area of her bra. The bottle, continued the report, had Barber’s name on the label and contained 10.5 alprazolam tablets. The remaining portion of the label was torn off, added the report.

“Retha also had a drug ledger in the same hand which showed who owed her money for what she has sold in the past,” stated the detective’s report.

Barber was then searched by OCSO Deputy Jessica Francis and a second plastic bottle that was supposed to hold blood-glucose test strips was found in her bra. That bottle reportedly contained 13 hydromorphone tablets.

During a search of Barber’s bedroom, detectives allegedly found:
• multiple syringes with needles attached;
• 1/2 of a hydromorphone tablet;
• multiple crack cocaine pipes;
• multiple journals with names of different people and the amount of money owed. “These journals had wording pertaining to how many bars were given and how much owed for the bars. The term ‘bar’ is the street slang for alprazolam tablets,” explained the detective.
• spoons with white residue; and,
• a 7.65mm caliber handgun.

Detectives next searched Lee’s bedroom. In that room they allegedly found multiple syringes with needles attached, a small amount of suspected meth and multiple spoons that all contained a residue.

The suspected methamphetamine was field tested. That test indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine, stated the arrest report.

All of the paraphernalia will be sent to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce for further analysis.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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