PINEVILLE, Mo. — A judge gave a McDonald County man shock time in prison when he pleaded guilty Tuesday to a drug-dealing charge in connection with a pound of methamphetamine seized in a traffic stop May 12 near Pineville.

Caddo S. Gann, 34, who has both Anderson and rural Pineville addresses listed in court records, pleaded guilty in McDonald County Circuit Court to a reduced count of delivery of a controlled substance in a plea agreement dismissing a related count of unlawful use of a weapon and calling for sentencing of the defendant under the state's shock-incarceration program.

Circuit Court Judge Gregory Stremel accepted the plea deal and assessed Gann seven years for the conviction, with the term to be served in the program and the court to review the case after 120 days for possible placement on probation.

Gann was a passenger in a vehicle that a McDonald County deputy stopped on Pleasant Ridge Road. The driver was taken into custody for driving without a license, but Gann was not arrested.

Later, a sergeant of the sheriff's office was conducting an inventory of the vehicle before having it towed and came upon a piece of tissue paper on the passenger seat that contained a small amount of methamphetamine and a bag on the floorboard that contained a pound of the drug, according to a probable-cause affidavit. A loaded handgun also was located in the glove compartment, the affidavit alleged.

Gann was located May 25 in Anderson and arrested on the charges after a 20-minute vehicle pursuit.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.