Area law enforcement have recently made several drug-related arrests in Mississippi County.
On June 26, Sgt. Chris Ellis of the Osceola Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a broken tail light. During conversation with the vehicle's occupants, Ellis noticed that the driver, Timothy Kelly of Luxora, was visibly nervous. A check on Kelly and his passenger, Steve Franks, showed that Franks had active warrants for his arrests. Franks was placed into custody, then Ellis discovered that Kelly was driving on a suspended license.
Kelly was asked if he had anything illegal with him or in the vehicle, and he said he did. A search turned up .2 grams of methamphetamine and a syringe.
Kelly was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended driver's license (first offense). He was set a $10,000 bond by Judge Mike Gibson.
On July 4, Deputies Chris Griggs and Carle Treadway with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for following to closely. Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger, Sanchez and Kino Calloway, both of Missouri, and asked for consent to search their vehicle. When consent was denied, Deputy Griggs ran a K-9 narcotics detector on the vehicle, and the dog alerted to several places.
At this time, both parties admitted to using marijuana in the vehicle. Upon search, two digital scales covered in marijuana residue and two plastic containers containing marijuana were found. Both men were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were each set a $50,000 bond by Judge Mike Gibson.