A 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man are in the Stone County, Missouri, jail after being arrested on charges of trafficking in drugs and distributing controlled substances. The pair was arrested on July 1 after deputies with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Table Rock Lake resort. The initial call for law enforcement came because someone believed the two were allegedly using fake identification.
The deputies allegedly found the fake identifications and later obtained a search warrant for two vehicles and a cabin. According to the Stone County sheriff, over 500 OxyContin pills, marijuana and three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine were found. In addition, about $7,500 was seized.
The two were already wanted on probation violations before their arrests. The male defendant was wanted on a federal probation violation warrant out of Kansas City, and the woman was wanted on the same charge out of Taney County, Missouri.
The man’s bond was set at $250,000, while the judge set the woman’s bond at $150,000. The possible punishments for the charges are severe, including the possibility of up to 45 years total in prison on both charges.
Just because someone is arrested on drug charges, that does not necessarily mean he or she is guilty. That must be proven in court by the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt. Those facing such charges, especially those with long prison sentences, can benefit from the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Not only will such advice help ensure that a defendant’s rights are protected, but it can also help ensure that he or she receives a fair trial.
Source: Source: KY 3, "Complaint about fake IDs leads to drug charges in Stone County," Gene Hartley, July 3, 2014