Ten people were arrested for methamphetamine possession and trafficking and marijuana possession in two separate illegal drug investigations early Thursday morning, Nov. 5.

“We are going to try our best to suppress the drug problem as much as we possibly can,” said Sheriff Ramsey Bennett. “I want our illegal drug entrepreneurs to be warned that we intend to shut down your illegal corner pharmacies and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

In the first operation, eight people were arrested after deputies and investigators with the Pierce County Sheriff’’s Office served a search warrant at a home on Watson Street.

Larry Maurice Lively Jr. 42, Ralph Stanley Moore, 64, and William Matthew Parker 34, were all arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Parker was additionally charged with a parole violation from an earlier offense.

Roger Moody, 49, Antonia Stanley Moore, 34, Helen Lisa Nowell, 36, Brittany Michelle Ryan, 30 and Felicia Michelle Thomas, 43, were all arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

In an unrelated case, deputies and investigators with the sheriff’s office also served a search warrant at a residence of Blue Spruce Road.

Davis Presley, 40, and Renae Braddock, 41, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Braddock was additionally charged with obstruction of an officer.

All 10 are currently being held in the Pierce County Jail.