Two arrested on drug charges in Fulton

Two Fulton residents were taken into custody on June 17 after a search of their home yielded drugs.

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Brian Oldham

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Tabatha Cottam

According to a press release, Brian Oldham, 39, and Tabatha Cottam, 30, were arrested on drug charges after officers with the Fulton Police Department, Callaway County Sheriff's Office, the MUSTANG Drug Task Force and a Columbia Police K-9 unit found 12.5 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a bottle of pills, camera surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic firearm.

The sheriff's office also recovered a 743 Bobcat and a D.R. Trimmer mower that had been reported stolen in Callaway County.

Both Oldham and Cottam were taken to the Callaway County Jail.

Oldham faces charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

A search of Missouri's online court records shows Oldham has previous misdemeanor drug charges as well as a guilty plea to felony possession charges in June 2005.

Cottam was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $25,000.

According to the press release, the investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.

There has been an increased number of reported drug-related arrests recently, which Maj. Roger Rice with the FPD attributed to two MUSTANG narcotics roundups at the end of May.

"Any time we make drug arrests, more information starts coming in, and as we begin investigating that more it can lead to more arrests," Rice said Wednesday.

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