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An investigation into a prior drug and domestic assault arrest in Crane has led to the arrest of a local man after authorities served a search warrant at his home last week and allegedly found trace evidence of drugs.

According to court documents, Stone County authorities assisted the Crane police department and Comet Drug Task Force in the raid of James Russell Evans' home at 1001 Washington on May 14th.

On May 7th Crane police officer Robert Bennett responded to the Washington Street address for reports of a domestic disturbance.  Court records say a couple who were staying at the house asked Tonya Rae May where she put their sheets and she "freaked out."  

May, 57, allegedly pushed the woman and then called police.  When Bennett asked May if she pushed the woman she did not answer, according to the documents.  

Tonya Rae May


"While speaking to May I observed she would not sit still in the car, had slurred speech when asked questions, and pupils were dilated," Bennett writes. "I asked May if she had consumed any drugs or alcohol. May stated she had not consumed alcohol but she had taken her prescription medications and was taking medication for a mental disorder."

May then said she was in pain and asked for medical intervention. "May gave consent to Deputy Heermen to enter the residence to retrieve her medication for medical services. Deputy Heerman discovered a sandwich sized Ziploc bag [which] contained twenty (20) white granular filled capsules, inside the brown paper bag with May’s medication. May stated she could not recall the name of the pills but it started with an “M” and they help with pain. May stated she had got the pills from her boyfriend’s nephew’s girlfriend who lives in Florida."

The substance inside the pills field tested positive for Cocaine, according to the probable cause statement.


James Russell Evans


When authorities executed the search warrant at the residence on May 14th, a drug task force officer allegedly found "a baggie containing trace amounts of a white powdery substance" that field tested positive for methamphetamine and arrested 57 year-old Evans.

"We appreciate the ongoing cooperation of Sheriff Rader and the C.O.M.E.T. Drug Task Force, said Crane police chief John Elmore.  "I appreciate the joint cooperation between the agencies in helping to get rid of drugs in Crane."  

Evans, who is on federal probation and is being held in the Stone County jail on $25,000 bond.  May is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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