A tip from a confidential informant led Beatrice police to three arrests Saturday evening.
Police Lt. Jay Murphy said the department received information Saturday morning from the informant about drugs in a residence in the 500 block of N. 10th St.
“The informant stated that he had seen a lot of meth and handguns in a house that had three adults and several children in house,” Murphy said. “At about 6:40 p.m. Saturday they served a warrant on the location and ended up finding a bunch of paraphernalia with residue, scales and not a whole lot of drugs, other than one person arrested with five grams of meth.”
No handguns were found, though police did locate two large knives.
Murphy said two of the three residents were home when the warrant was served, and the third drove up to the residence while police were there and was also arrested.
Those arrested include:
James Orton, 36, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and four counts of child abuse.
Ashley Orton, 29, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of child abuse.
Michelle Harvey, 43, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and four counts of child abuse.
Child Protective Services were contacted, and the four children were placed into protective custody.
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