From: Hannibal Police Department
Date: Friday, November 19th, 2021
Contact: Lieutenant Jacob Nacke
ACES Drug Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests
Hannibal officers assigned to the Anti-Crime Enforcement Squad (ACES) have been investigating the transport and sale of methamphetamine between Frankford and Hannibal Missouri. As part of the investigation a traffic stop was conducted on Tuesday November 16th in the 4000 block of Market Street. During the stop Officers located a large amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Nicole B. Chestnutt (36) of Hannibal was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold. On Wednesday, November 17th a warrant was issued in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court of Marion County charging Chestnutt with Trafficking Drugs 2nd Degree. Bond was set at $50,000.00 cash or surety, she remains in the Marion County Jail.
Coordinating with authorities in Pike County Missouri, Officers were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of Newton Street in Frankford. On Wednesday, November 17th a search warrant was served by the East Central Drug Task Force and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at the location. During the course of the search a large amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine was located. As a result, Matthew J Yates, (37) of Frankford, was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold. On Thursday, November 18th, a warrant was issued in the 45th Judicial Circuit of Pike County charging Yates with Trafficking Drugs 1st Degree, and Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance. Bond was set at $500,000.00 cash only and Yates remains in the Pike County Jail.
The arrests were a result of cooperation between the Hannibal Police Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, East Central Drug Task Force, and the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department.