The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 23, 2012

Pittsburg man waives hearing in cocaine case

A Pittsburg, Kan., man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court on a charge of trafficking in crack cocaine.

Rickey Burns Jr., 21, waived the hearing on a charge of second-degree trafficking in drugs, and Associate Judge Richard Copeland ordered him bound over for trial. The judge set the defendant’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Sept. 10.

Court records indicate that Burns was arrested Oct. 23, 2010, after a traffic stop by Carl Junction police at Highway 171 and Karen Drive.

A probable-cause affidavit alleges that police found a digital scale, marijuana and 23.7 grams of crack cocaine in a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

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