OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS DISCOVERED DURING INVESTIGATION IN CARTER COUNTY
A traffic stop led to the discovery of over two million dollars worth of drugs in Carter County.
Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells us that officers with the Ellsinore Police Department conducted the stop on U.S. Highway 60 because of a traffic violation.
An investigation was started after officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle. Stephens says the investigation resulted in over 873 pounds of marijuana, 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine, and 2.4 pounds of cocaine being recovered.
The street value of the recovered controlled substances was 2.4 million dollars.
The driver of the vehicle, 57 year old Lowell Johnson, of Metropolis, Illinois, was taken into custody and is facing charges including 2nd degree drug trafficking. A female passenger was also taken into custody.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER BEING FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN A VEHICLE IN POPLAR BLUFF
Two Poplar Bluff men are facing charges in connection to an incident where they were discovered unconscious in a vehicle by police.
We spoke with Captain Dave Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident.
“On Friday, December 16th at approximately 11:50 a.m. Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Dewey Street in reference to a vehicle parked at the residence, with a subject passed out at the wheel of a vehicle. The caller did not know the subject parked in their front yard.
Upon their arrival, Officers found a silver 2009 Chevrolet Trail Blazer parked in the front yard of the residence. Sterling Marshall, 34, of Poplar Bluff, was sitting in the driver’s seat; and Anthony Thompson, 43, of Poplar Bluff, was sitting in the front passenger seat. Both subjects were unconscious.
As Officer Reed spoke with Sterling Marshall, he observed a leafy substance which appeared to be loose marijuana spilled on his lap. Officer Reed asked Marshall to step out of the vehicle; and as he did, the leafy substance, several blue pills, and several $100.00 bills fell to the ground. As Officer Reed and Officer Tubb tried to place Marshall into custody, he fought with them in an effort to escape. After a brief struggle Marshall was taken into custody and placed into a patrol car.
During a search of his person incident to arrest, a clear plastic baggie with 12.3 grams of heroin was found in his sock.
Drug paraphernalia was found on Anthony Thompson’s person. He was taken into custody without incident.
Sterling Marshall was booked in on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Synthetic Cannaboid, Resisting Arrest, and Assault 3rd Degree on a Law Enforcement Officer. Marshall was booked in the Butler County Jail.
Anthony Thompson was booked in on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and he was released pending review by the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney.”
POLICE FIND A REPORTED STOLEN FIREARM IN AN IMPOUNDED VEHICLE
A man is facing a receiving stolen property charge after a reported stolen firearm was discovered in a impounded vehicle.
We spoke with Lieutenant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department for more information about what lead to the charge.
“On Sunday evening around 10 p.m. Sergeant Joe Ward conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford Explorer for expired state registration. The driver, later identified as Mark Anthony Benton, was unable to provide proof of insurance or a driver's license. Sergeant Ward issued Benton two citations, one for no state registration and one for no proof of insurance.
Sergeant Ward impounded the vehicle and during an inventory search of the vehicle he located a small amount of suspected marijuana in the center console, a loaded Walther 40 caliber handgun was also located under the driver's seat.
A check of the weapon's serial number revealed it had been reported stolen in Butler County. Benton claimed he had purchased the handgun from an acquaintance. Mark Anthony Benton was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on a charge of receiving stolen property.”
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED DURING WEEKEND TRAFFIC STOP
A Poplar Bluff man was arrested over the weekend following a traffic stop.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers conducted the traffic stop Sunday night on a vehicle driven by 20 year old Martrez Carter.
During the stop, officers noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of Carter’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded 45.9 grams of marijuana and a set of digital scales.
Carter was arrested on an outstanding Butler County warrant for distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, Carter was booked in and lodged in the Butler County Jail.
FIRE BREAKS OUT OVERNIGHT AT BUILDING IN STODDARD COUNTY
A fire broke out overnight at a building near Puxico.
Multiple crews were on hand to deal with the fire Monday night at the Puxico Livestock Auction Company.
The cause of the fire was not available.
WAPPAPELLO WOMAN ARRESTED SUNDAY ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
Authorities in Wayne County have taken a Wappapello woman into custody on a felony methamphetamine charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Nicole Borgetti was arrested Sunday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance at a county jail.
Borgetti is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She was held in Wayne County on a 24 hour hold.
TWO POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS NOMINATED FOR AWARD
Two schools in Poplar Bluff have been nominated for an award.
Poplar Bluff Junior High and O'Neal Elementary have been nominated by the Flippen Group to potentially receive Capturing Kids' Hearts showcase school awards for the 2016/17 school year.
Capturing Kids' Hearts campuses across the country are considered for the award based on observation from trainers, level of implementation by all staff, and data demonstrating that significant improvement has been made in attendance, discipline, culture or academics.
Next month, a Flippen Group site team will visit a select 46 schools out of over 10,000 in the program to observe and experience for themselves the impact taking place, according to a press release from the organization.