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Missing Teen Tip Leads To LeClaire Drug Bust

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LeClaire police have arrested and charged three adults with possessing marijuana and giving it to four young teenagers in their home.

After officers received a tip that a runaway was staying there, and this isn't the first time one of the adults has been accused of sheltering a runaway.

Brenda Brames was charged in July with harboring a runaway.

That case is pending, and she now faces drug possession and child endangerment charges after Friday's arrest.

Paul Zumbrum Jr., and Timothy Brames have also been charged with having marijuana and giving it to minors.

All three are out on bond.

The arrest took place in one of LeClaire's quiet neighborhoods, shocking neighbors.

The police arrested all three adults at 806 Falcon Drive, in the Eagle View Heights neighborhood.

It's in a cul-de-sac and neighbors say the entire area is very quiet.

There's a lot of older residents living here and the homeowners association says it doesn't even a neighborhood watch.

The police say drug activity can happen anywhere though, and they need neighbors to report suspicious activity to stop it.

"There were five squad cars here last Friday night, which doesn't really set the tone for this neighborhood," says Neighborhood board vice president Eddy Jones.

She's lived in Eagle View Heights for 14 years. She loves living here.

"It's a quiet, nice neighborhood, we have good neighbors, they take care of their property."

Except the activity at the house down the street makes her uncomfortable.

"We don't like the comings and goings, the types of people that are there," says Jones.

That's the type of activity police say neighbors need to report.

"People coming and going on a regular basis at odd times of the night, strange vehicles coming and going, things that just appear to be odd that aren't normal, in their neighborhood," says Interim LeClaire Chief Shane Themas.

He says drugs can find their way into any LeClaire neighborhood.

"Drug use and this type of behavior, it can cross any income level boundaries, it can be found in any neighborhood."

He says drugs rarely show up in LeClaire.

"We don't see it real often, but unfortunately in this case that is what happened," says Themas.

Even though Jones is shocked it did happen, she doesn't believe this case is unique to her neighborhood.

"I don't think it's atypical for any of our communities right now, I think it's a sign of the times," says Jones.

A sign police want to prevent with tips from neighbors.

Court records show none of the accused has any criminal past.

But the juveniles involved in Friday's bust told officers they went to the house because the adults would give them marijuana.

Allowing the teens to smoke it with them.

The Brames make their first appearance in court Friday.

Zumbrum's next court date has yet to be scheduled.

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