Two Central Texas women snared in ongoing meth sting

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HAMILTON, Texas (KWTX) Two women have been arrested in a Hamilton County meth sting dubbed Operation Ice Storm that led to 16 arrests earlier this week throughout Central Texas

Melissa Ann Arnold (left) and Kari Lynn Carothers. (Jail photos)

Kari Lynn Carothers, 31, of Gatesville was arrested by Coryell County sheriff’s deputies on Friday.

She is charged with one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.

She was in the Burnet County Jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Melissa Ann Arnold, 31, of Eddy was arrested Friday by Temple police.

She is also charged with one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.

She was also in the Burnet County Jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

With their arrests, authorities have taken 18 of the 25 suspects for whom they have warrants into custody.

Hamilton County Sheriff Justin Caraway says he expects as many as 30 more arrests in the second phase of the operation, which is the product of a year-and-a-half investigation of methamphetamine trafficking.

Authorities said investigators discovered during the operation that black tar heroin was being sold from a now-closed Bush's Chicken restaurant in Hamilton.

Dealers are moving drugs up U.S. Highway 281 into Hamilton County and beyond.

"These things fan from Fort Worth to Austin to Waco to the Belton-Killeen-Temple area,” Caraway said.

"We're not going to tolerate it if you come to our county. We’re going to put your butt in jail if you do this," he said.

Previous arrests

Coby William Goains, 21, was arrested Tuesday evening by Coryell County Sheriff Scott Williams and deputies after they were led on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle. He was taken to the Coryell County Jail and was charged with evading arrest or detention and possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $40,000.

Thaddeus Freeman Green, 30, of Gatesville was arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He remains in the Coryell County jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Montie Mosley, 41, of Hewitt was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He’s held in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Scott Dean Ross, 39, of Gatesville was arrested on two counts of manufacture/delivery of controlled substance. He was held in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $20,000.

Aricelli Nicole Medcalf, 37, of Gatesville was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She was held in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $20,000.

Amy Marie Miller, 42, of Lewisville was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She was held in the Coryell County Jail on bonds totaling $20,000.

Weston Charles Jamroz, 26 of Temple, was arrested on one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He was held in the Burnet County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Buford Davis Smith, 39, of Copperas Cove was arrested on one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He was jailed in Bell County in lieu of $10,000 bond.

David Wayne Battle, 40, of Gatesville was arrested on one count of manufacture/delivery of controlled substance. He was held in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Wendi Michael Hall, 39 of Evant was arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She was released from the Hamilton County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

John Douglas Dyer, 33 of Hamilton was arrested on one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He was jailed in Coryell County in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Joslynn Marie Townsend, 40, of Evant, was arrested on one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Coryell County Jail.

Riley Blake Collins, 20 of Gatesville, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was held in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of $10,500 bond.

Willah Sue (Heard) Collins, 47, of Gatesville, was arrested on the same charge of possession of controlled substance. She was held in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bond.

Stephen Earl Williams, 61 of Gatesville was arrested on one count of possession of controlled substance. He was held in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bond.

Russell Homever, 34, of Lott, arrested on one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond.


Thaddeus Freeman Green. (Jail photo)