The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

June 14, 2012

Judge orders man to stand trial in cocaine case

A Joplin man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court on a felony drug-trafficking charge.

Johnny T. Taylor, 24, was ordered bound over for trial by Associate Judge Richard Copeland. The judge set Taylor’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for June 25.

Taylor was arrested Feb. 7 after a Joplin Police Department detective noticed suspicious activity around a vehicle parked near Ninth Street and Porter Avenue and arranged for a traffic stop by a patrol officer.

The defendant was taken into custody when a police dog’s alert led to a search of the vehicle and the alleged discovery of some cocaine powder on a seat of the car and some marijuana in a container. The trafficking charge stems from 19 grams of cocaine allegedly found during booking procedures at the Joplin City Jail, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

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