Four people arrested on a combined 18 charges

A drug operation by the East Central Drug Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service in rural Monroe County netted four arrests with a combined 18 charges and 16 pounds of marijuana.

The drug bust occurred on Wednesday, April 5 at 606 West Cooper St. in Madison, Mo., 600 feet from the Madison School property.

According to probable cause statements, law enforcement arrested four people — Matthew Taylor, Jason Derboven, Christopher Owens and Loren Thompson — in a detached shed on the property, which belongs to Matthew Taylor.

Law enforcement allegedly found 14 individually packaged bags containing marijuana which added up to 16 pounds, four grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax, a metal pipe, two glass smoking devices, cigarette rolling papers, and more than $30,000.

The marijuana was allegedly found in a large Priority Mail Express box with a shipping label to Matthew Taylor. The sender’s address was listed as an auto parts dealer in California.

A minor child in the home was removed by the Division of Family Services.

The men were each detained and question. All four allegedly told authorities they had been smoking marijuana with each other in the detached shed since Sunday, April 2.

Owens and Thompson, both residents of the state of California, claimed to have medical marijuana licenses in that state for growing and using the plant.

Neither could produce documentation of the licensing, according to authorities. Both also admitted to owning firearms found on the property.

All four men are being held on various charges.

Matthew Taylor was charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a protected area, possession of a controlled substance, keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.

Jason Derboven was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Loren Thompson was charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a protected area, possession of a controlled substance, keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of a weapon.

Christopher Owens was charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a protected area, possession of a controlled substance, keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of a weapon.