Rogers County law enforcement officials say the string of events that started in Ottawa County led to one of the largest drug and counterfeiting busts in the history in that area.

MIAMI – A Craigslist transaction gone terribly wrong was part of a string of criminal events last week on April 12 that started in Miami. Four Talala suspects; Dustin Harp, 35, Russell Butler, 35, Sara Jon Hagan-Ingle, 28, Courtney Lynn Conterez, 28, were arrested and charged with a total of 53 mostly felony charges involving drug trafficking, auto theft, computer crimes, stolen property, possession of firearms and counterfeiting crimes.

Rogers County law enforcement officials say the string of events that started in Ottawa County led to one of the largest drug and counterfeiting busts in the history in that area.

According to the Miami Police Department's incident report written by Officer Richard Davis, he was dispatched at 2:28 a.m. to the lobby of the Miami Police Department to take a complaint from Roscoe and Kayte Cutler of Neosho, Missouri in reference to an earlier call.

Roscoe Cutler told Davis he had posted a set of tires and rims on Craigslist, a popular online selling and buying market, to sell for $1,700. He received a message of interest from a buyer “John” from Talala, Oklahoma.

The buyer and seller agreed to meet in Miami at the Miami Walmart parking lot. The two men and Cutler’s wife met there just north of theMurphy's gas station between 11:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. that same night.

“Roscoe stated that while he was unloading the tires, and loading them into 'John's' truck, 'John's' passenger was counting out the money for the tires,” Davis wrote in his report. “Kayte stated that she observed the passenger count the money and it looked like $100 bills. Roscoe stated that once the tires were loaded up into 'John's' truck, the passenger threw the money at him and both subjects jumped into the truck and took off.”

Roscoe Cutler described the truck as a maroon Ford F150 bearing a Cherokee Tribal Tag and gave police the tag number. Roscoe Cutler told Davis he jumped into his own truck and Kayte Cutler told him the money was fake, so they started chasing 'John's' truck.

Kayte Cutler told police, she looked at the money and saw that one side of the bills looked like $100 bills in U.S. currency, but on the other side looked like $1 bills.

Roscoe Cutler called 911 while chasing the vehicle at approximately 12:02 a.m. and Officer Davis was dispatched in reference to the chase going on through town.

“I attempted to locate the vehicles but failed to do so before they left the city limits,” Davis wrote in the report.

Roscoe Cutler told police he chased the vehicle through Miami and ended up on some back roads in Craig County.

“Roscoe stated that once they were in Craig County, the passenger in 'John's' vehicle began to shoot at him and his wife. Roscoe stated that he decided to stop chasing the vehicle,” Davis wrote.

Craig County Sheriff's Department took a report from the Cutlers and seized the counterfeit money.

Miami Police Sergeant Jeff Frazier ran the suspect vehicle and the tag information which indicated the owner of the vehicle as Russell Butler.

At 4:14 a.m. Talala Police Captain Steve Pales was dispatched to the 100 block of S. Locust Street in Talala on a report that the pickup truck used in the Craig County shooting was located there.

Pales and other deputies surrounded the residence where the truck was located, detained the occupants and observed drugs and counterfeit money in plain sight and secured the house and obtained a search warrant.

Pales assisted by, Rogers County Deputies Adam Hull, Shawn McKibben, John Hanning and Secret Service Agent Roy Ward seized in the warrant search what appeared to be over 100 grams of meth with a street value estimated at $10,000, rifles, shotguns and semi-automatic pistols; marijuana and drug paraphernalia; bank checks not belonging to the residents; washed bank checks not belonging to the individuals, and a counterfeit $10 bill still in the printer of a computer system as well as uncut sheets of counterfeit $100. Also discovered by officers were a working security system covering both the front and back doors, a Harley Davidson motorcycle with an altered serial number, and Vehicle Identification Number plates and stamping equipment, a stolen 2006 Chevrolet Colorado, wheels and tires in the yard.

The four Talala suspects were arrested at 5:21 a.m. and booked into the Rogers County Jail between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on the following criminal complaints:

• Dustin Harp, on 15 complaints of which 13 are felonies, including counterfeiting, manufacture or sale of illegal drugs, vehicle theft, and weapons offense, bond was set at $126,000.

• Russell Butler, on 13 complaints of which at least 10 are felonies including counterfeiting, manufacture or sale of illegal drugs, weapons offense, vehicle theft and communications offense, bond was set at $84,500.

• Sara Jo Hagan-Ingle, 28, on 13 complaints of which at least 10 are felonies including sale or manufacture of illegal drugs, weapons offense, theft of auto, theft of property and communications offense, bond was set at $84,500.

• Courtney Lynn Conterez, 28, on 12 counts of which at least 10 are felonies including illegal drug sales or manufacturing, auto and other theft, communication offense, weapons offense and counterfeiting, bond $79,500.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.