January 26, 2024

Two arrested after Richland FLEX Unit drug busts

Therese Apel

Richland officers arrested Oscar John Miller and Tonya Renee Goode on drug charges Thursday.

A recent narcotics investigation by the Richland Police Department FLEX Unit has resulted in two suspects arrested and both of them are facing multiple felony drug charges.

Over the last couple of months, investigators have made multiple controlled purchases of different narcotics at two separate locations in Richland from two separate suspects.

During the late night hours of Thursday the Richland Police Department Special Response Team executed a total of five felony arrest warrants and one search warrant at a residence.

Oscar John Miller was arrested and charged with 2 counts of sale of methamphetamine within 1500 feet of a school, park, and daycare. Miller was allegedly distributing/selling methamphetamine less than 200 feet from the front door of a local daycare. Authorities say the night that the SRT Team arrested Miller, he was allegedly found to be in possession of more methamphetamine so he also faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Miller has an extensive criminal history, including one previous felony conviction. He is being held at the Rankin County Jail on a $300,000 bond. If convicted of all three charges, he faces a minimum of 15 years, up to a maximum of 100 years in prison.

The second suspect, Tonya Renee Goode, was arrested on three counts of sale of a controlled substance. Throughout this investigation, investigators learned that Tonya was selling a substantial amount of Oxycodone, which is a Schedule 2 opiate. Investigators made several controlled purchases from Goode, from her residence in Richland.

Opioids are one of the most highly addictive drugs in the country and in 2021, 45 people died each day from a prescription opioid overdose, totaling nearly 17,000 deaths. If convicted of three counts of sale of a controlled substance, Goode faces a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 60 years in prison. Goode also has a previous felony conviction on her criminal history.

“Members of the Richland Police Department will continue to aggressively pursue those poisoning our communities with dangerous narcotics for their own selfish benefit,” the department said in a release.

Share this Article


Related Articles