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The Third Judicial Drug Task  Force arrested four people after serving a search warrant on a Cherokee Village home on July 2.

Acting on a tip from a confidential informant who gave evidence to a DTF investigator about potential sale and use of  drugs, the investigator served a search warrant at the home of Blake Martin, 25, and Angelita Moran.

The informant told the investigator that Martin, his half brother, Michael Mallonee, 23, and girlfriend, Paige Hartness, 21, who had been living with him, had been selling marijuana and methamphetamine from Martin’s residence on Banho Circle in Cherokee Village.

The informant also told the investigator Martin was growing marijuana at the home and provided a detailed location of the plants, that later proved to be true.

Mallonee and Hartness were at home with three minor children at the time the DTF search warrant was served. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were located both inside and outside the home.

Statements from the informant, as well as those taken from Mallonee and Hartness,  led the investigator to believe the drugs belonged to Martin and Moran. Both Mallonee and Hartness admitted to using drug paraphernalia to use marijuana and methamphetamine.

DTF, along with officers from the Cherokee Village Police Department and Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, recovered approximately 26 grams of suspected “ice” methamphetamine, 15 marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

Because Martin was not home when the warrant was  served, Mallonee called his brother in an attempt to have him return to the home to take responsibility for the drugs. Martin hung up and was later apprehended by Sharp County Probation officerColbert English.

Martin was on probation for a previous conviction.

Moran’s mother, who arrived during the search of the property, was asked to have her daughter turn herself in to police.

Martin was charged with felony  possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, manufacture of a controlled substance, marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and felony possession of firearms by a certain individual.

Moran was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, manufacture of a controlled substance, marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.  Mallonee and Hartness were both charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Martin is being held in the Sharp County detention center on a $50,000 cash or professional bond. Mallonee’s bond was set at $2,500, Moran’s at $20,000 and Hartness at $1,000..



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