From Conway Police Department reports

Controlled buy leads to felony case

A Conway man faces felony drug charges after allegedly selling meth to a confidential informant during a controlled buy in June.

Records show formal charges were filed against 42-year-old Ryan Waburn Brewer on Monday. The Conway man faces two felony charges – delivery of 10 grams to 200 grams of methamphetamine, a Class Y felony, and use of a communication device to commit a felony, a Class C felony.

The charges against Brewer stem from a controlled buy that was conducted by the Conway Police Department on June 13, according to an incident report.

The confidential informant was searched prior to meeting up with the suspect to ensure he did not have any other money or contraband with him. The informant was under constant surveillance during the transaction, the report states.

Officers watched Brewer get into the passenger seat of the informant’s vehicle, where the illegal exchange was made.

“After a brief conversation, Brewer exited the informant’s vehicle and the informant left the area,” the report reads. “The informant traveled to a predetermine location. As the informant was traveling to the location, [he was] being kept under visual surveillance.”

Once back at the meeting spot, officers searched the informant and his vehicle. While the report does not list a specific amount that was collected during the controlled buy, it states there was more than 10 grams but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

An additional charge accompanies the delivery charge because the informant said “the deal was set-up over a communication device.”

Woman arrested on warrant now faces drug charges too

A Greenbrier woman was jailed last week after officers learned she had a warrant issued against her and also found she had what they believed to be methamphetamine in her purse.

Officers Todd Wesbecher and Joseph P. Bolling were patrolling through the Hess gas station parking lot on June 30 “due to it being a high crime area at all times of day and night” and learned one of the vehicles was registered to a woman who showed to have an active warrant.

The two went inside the gas station, where they found 48-year-old Tressa Burnside behind the counter. After confirming Burnside’s warrant was still active, the two asked her to step out into the parking lot.

Before heading over to the jail, the woman asked the two officers if she could get her purse out of her vehicle. According to the report, after Burnside got her purse, Wesbecher asked her if it was OK if he searched the purse for any contraband. Once she gave him the OK to look through the purse, Wesbecher located “a small round plastic container with no top … [that] had a white residue” in it.

While at the police department, Wesbecher field tested the residue, which showed the substance “tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.”

Soon after, authorities asked Burnside if she had any other contraband with her, adding that a female officer would soon arrive to search her. According to the report, at this point, Burnside “admitted that she did have a pill on her person.”

“She retrieved a container from her bra area that was similar to the one I had located in her purse,” Wesbecher’s report reads in part. “It contained a capsule with a clear crystal substance inside.”

The report states no other contraband was found during the follow-up search.

The Greenbrier woman was formally charged Monday with two Class D felonies – possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia – following the incident.