The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 15, 2012

Meth charges filed after police make vehicle stop

Two people are facing felony drug charges after police stopped their vehicle Tuesday morning on the south side of Joplin and reportedly found methamphetamine.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said Paul D. Phillips, 45, and Kelli D. Thompson, 39, were arrested after a vehicle stop about 3:30 a.m. near 30th Street and McClelland Boulevard.

Niess said the stop was made as a follow-up to an investigation into drug-sales activity in the area. Police said they found a bag containing meth in a search of Phillips. His passenger, Thompson, was arrested when a drug pipe fell out of her clothing, Niess said.

He said two bags of meth allegedly were found on the back seat of the patrol car used to take one of the suspects to jail, and two more bags allegedly were found in Thompson’s possession during booking procedures at the Joplin City Jail.

Both suspects were charged with felony possession of the drug.

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