NEOSHO, Mo. — A Newton County judge took under advisement Monday the question whether a Joplin woman should be ordered to stand trial on a charge of first-degree trafficking in drugs or the lesser felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in connection with narcotics officers' raid at a motel room Jan. 23 in Joplin.
Associate Judge Christina Rhoades heard testimony at a preliminary hearing in Newton County Circuit Court on the charge of first-degree trafficking in drugs that Jamie K. Jones, 36, is facing with respect to the seizure of 220 grams of methamphetamine and suspected drug money in a room at La Quinta Inn on South Range Line Road in Joplin. The judge indicated that she would issue a ruling on the matter at a pretrial conference June 24.
Court records show that Tosha N. Rischard, 34, of Webb City, and Christopher L. Parrett, 42, of Miami, Oklahoma, also were arrested in the raid and charged in Newton County with first-degree trafficking in drugs.
The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team and FBI discovered a locked case in the room when they served the search warrant. Inside the case officers found 170.5 grams of meth and $4,420 in cash. Another 49.5 grams of meth were turned up during the search of the room, including 1.3 grams that was on a table top next to a purse allegedly containing Jones' driver's license and personal belongings.
The cash was in a billfold inside the case that purportedly also contained Rischard's driver's license and debit cards belonging to Parrett, according to affidavits filed in their cases.
Rischard previously waived a preliminary hearing and was ordered bound over for trial on the trafficking charge. Parrett has not yet had a preliminary hearing, according to court records.