Five people were arrested for possession of the illicit drug 2-aminopropan-1-one and methamphetamine Thursday morning after law enforcement officers staked out a local motel. Winona County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies, Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force officers, and the Winona County Emergency Response Team (ERT) were involved in the arrests of Ashley Hellen Gore, 28, of Winona; Susan Lynn Haxton, 19, of Minnesota City; Roy Terral Gore III, 26, of Minnesota City; Tyler Wayne Brown, 24, of Minnesota City; and Melonie Lee Starks, 21, of Winona, all of whom are in custody and being referred for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.
It was a long day for narcotics task force officers, who began surveillance of their suspects at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, and made the final arrests at almost 4 a.m. on Thursday, February 14.
On Wednesday, officers began surveillance of a room at the Sundown Motel in Minnesota City after receiving a tip that drug activity was occurring there. At 9:34 p.m. officers observed people arrive in a vehicle and enter the motel room. One of those people was identified as Ashley Gore. There was a Winona County felony arrest warrant for her failure to appear following a theft charge, according to the report.
At around 11:16 p.m. officers observed Ashley Gore, Haxton, and Roy Gore leave the motel, get back in the vehicle, and begin driving east on Highway 61. WSCO deputies stopped the vehicle on Highway 61 between 54th Avenue, Goodview, and 44th Avenue, Winona. The deputies noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle, and proceeded to search the vehicle. According to the report, they found a prescription pill, a razor with a white substance on it that field-tested positive for cocaine, and a plastic tube containing a substance which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers arrested Ashley Gore, Haxton, and Roy Gore.
Following the arrest of Ashley Gore, Haxton, and Roy Gore, officers learned that two people were still at the motel room, including Brown, who had several felony warrants for his arrest following possession charges. Officers requested and received a “no-knock” search warrant for the motel room from a Winona County judge.
Officers also had received information that Brown may have been in possession of a firearm. For that reason, ERT was called to serve the “no-knock” warrant. At 3:55 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, officers arrested Brown and Starks, after searching the motel room and finding containers which tested positive for cocaine, and a glass pipe.
Adding to the report, Winona County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ron Gannerude explained certain synthetic stimulants will test positive for cocaine in a field test. Officers later determined that the substances found, which tested positive for cocaine, were, in fact, the drug 2-aminopropan-1-one, according to the report.