Eight arrested in hotel drug bust
Eight people were recently arrested on meth charges following an under cover investigation at a local hotel.
Det. Rob Skiver with the Waynesville Police Department said the investigation began after receiving several calls from people concerned about heavy traffic coming in and out of the road leading to Days Inn. The calls began about two months ago.
Detectives began surveillance on the hotel, quickly observing the people who frequented the hotel.
“Most of them we recognized to be involved in drug activity that we had dealt with in the past,” Skiver said.
Through investigation, detectives learned that 33-year-old Wendy Lightfoot and 38-year-old Benjamin Kyle Lindsey had been staying in hotel room 110 for several months.
Law enforcement-controlled purchases of meth were made at the hotel room and a search warrant was drawn.
While executing the search warrant on July 3, detectives seized meth, scales and various items of drug paraphernalia.
“Along with that, there was a roomful of electronics and other property believed to have been stolen,” Chandler said.
Some of those items have been returned to the property owners and detectives are working to find ownership of the rest.
Lightfoot and Lindsey were both charged with possession of meth with intent to sell and deliver and maintaining a dwelling place, both felonies. They were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They are due in district court July 24 and July 16, respectively.
Three others, Geoffrey Morris, 21, Robert Parks, 37, and Brittany E. Maney, 22, who were also in the hotel room at the time, were arrested as well and charged with felony possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shortly after the search warrant was executed, detectives conducted a “knock and talk” investigation in nearby hotel rooms, which led to more arrests.
A “knock and talk” involved speaking with the occupants of the other rooms and gathering information from those conversations.
Anna Toplitz, 32, Kelly Trollinger, 29, and Donald Williams, 40, were also arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia in the investigation.
“Some of these people had local addresses but had been staying in the hotel since the first of February,” Chandler said.
The drug sting was a collaborative effort involving all law enforcement agencies in the county.
“These guys put a lot of hard work and sweat into these types of investigations and these are the fruits of their labor,” he said.