The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 18, 2014

Joplin police seize pound of meth after traffic stop

Joplin police seized about a pound of methamphetamine and $2,000 cash in a traffic stop Thursday at 17th Street and Maiden Lane.

Police Lt. Matt Stewart said an officer found the cash on the person of the driver, Marvin S. Sills, 40, of Riverton, Kan., and the methamphetamine in the vehicle during a search with the aid of a drug-sniffing police dog. A pound of the drug costs about $18,000 and is worth about $90,000 when broken up and sold in small amounts at street level, he said.

Both Sills and a passenger were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute. The Jasper County prosecutor’s office filed the charge on Sills, but the passenger was released without a felony charge.

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