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Benton, MO couple facing multiple drug, theft charges

Kenneth Blankenship (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Kenneth Blankenship (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Bobbie J. Wipfler (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Bobbie J. Wipfler (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

A Benton, Missouri-area couple are facing multiple charges, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.

Kenneth D. Blankenship, 50, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $2,000 cash only.

Bobbie Wipfler, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Her bond was set at $1,000 cash only.

According to Sheriff Walters, on Sunday, Oct. 19 around 10:46 p.m., the Scott County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team and other deputies served a search warrant at the couple's home.

He said deputies entered two separate trailers on the property and recovered stolen property, including a 60-inch television from a storage shed burglary in Dexter, Mo.

Also found in the search were items considered to be drug paraphernalia: a digital scale with residue, aluminum foil and a straw residue and a hypodermic needle.

Sheriff Walter said a field test of the residue was conducted and indicated it was positive for methamphetamine. 

He said deputies also found a .22 caliber revolver with Blankenship's identification next to it.

Blankenship and Wipfler were arrested at the home and taken to the Scott County Jail.

Sheriff Walter said that during a separate, unrelated investigation, deputies uncovered information that Blankenship was involved in this criminal activity. The deputies followed leads provided and conducted independent interviews to get information for the search warrant.

The sheriff said other law enforcement agencies were contacted in reference to items found during the search.

He said deputies are looking at the possibility of filing federal charges relating to certain merchandise found, and have contacted a federal law enforcement agency.

Deputies have also contacted an agency in another state because the sheriff said information indicates that stolen merchandise and narcotics have crossed state lines.

Sheriff Walter said he anticipates more arrests related to this case.

Anyone with information about this investigation, other burglaries or thefts, drug activity or any other crime, is asked to contact the Scott County Sheriff's Office at 545-3525 or leave a message on the crime tip line at 1-866-210-4322.

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