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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • 3 charged with possession of controlled substances

  • Three individuals from Dixon have been charged with possession of a controlled substance after members of the Maries County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group conducted a narcotics investigation at a residence located on Route HH near Dixon Wednesday morning, May 29.
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  • Three individuals from Dixon have been charged with possession of a controlled substance after members of the Maries County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group conducted a narcotics investigation at a residence located on Route HH near Dixon Wednesday morning, May 29.
    Francis E. Craig, 56, of Dixon, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. Craig remains in the Maries County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
    Robert S. Gibbons, 42, of Dixon, has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Gibbons remains in the Maries County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
    Amy M. Copeland, 23, of Dixon, has also been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and she remains in the Maries County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
    According to a press release from the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, deputies conducted a search of the residence on Route HH in Maries County and located a substantial amount of suspected crystal methamphetamine, suspected synthetic controlled substances, several illegal prescription drugs and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
    Several of these items were packaged in a manner that is commonly used to sell narcotics, according to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman. Sheriff’s deputies also located numerous items used in the distribution of controlled substances and suspected stolen property.
    A photo of some of the suspected stolen property is shown on the Maries County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and deputies are asking the public’s help in identifying the owner of these items.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Craig has been convicted of numerous felonies and was first convicted of a drug violation in 1978.
    Both Gibbons and Copeland were currently out on probation for manufacturing of methamphetamine.  Their probation stems from an arrest made by the Maries County Sheriff’s Office in 2011 after deputies executed a search warrant at the same residence.
    “I truly feel the sheriff’s office has made an impact in the drug community this morning (May 29), and I hope drug dealers are starting to realize their illegal acts will not be tolerated,” Heitman stated in the press release.
    Any drug related tips can be given to the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group by calling a toll-free drug tip line at 1-800-351-TIPS (8477).

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