A Newburg man was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after meth was discovered in a television set on his property.

On Oct. 18, the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, and the Rolla Police Department concluded a short term narcotics investigation in Phelps County.  Jason A. Kimmel, age 38 of Newburg, was arrested after the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, officers obtained and executed a search warrant in the 200 block of East Second Street in Newburg, Missouri.  The Newburg Police Department assisted with the service of the search warrant.

According to the probable cause statement, officers discovered a spoon with a crystal substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, located on a dresser in the suspect’s bedroom. Approximately two pounds of a similar substance, again testing positive for methamphetamine, were located inside a television on the property, to the north-east of the residence.

Kimmel claimed ownership of the two pounds of methamphetamine found inside the television, according to the probable cause statement.  

On October 19, 2017, Kimmel was charged with 1st degree Drug Trafficking.  His bond was set at $250,000.00.  He remains incarcerated.  

According to a release issued by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, the charges for which Kimmel was arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. 

Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.  ​