What started as a routine traffic stop turned into much more trouble for a St. James man Saturday.
A Maries County Sheriff's deputy pulled a vehicle over for a minor traffic violation on Highway 68 near Highway 63 Saturday. During the course of the investigation, deputies located 90 grams of marijuana that was sealed and packaged to distribute. Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman estimates the street value of the drugs to be $1,800.
Deputies then arrested Ronald C. Jordan, 49, of St. James. He was taken to the Maries County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Jordan is charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony. A class B felony carries a minimum of five years up to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
According to a press release from Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, "The Maries County Sheriff's Office will continue to be active on the Highways and County Road intercepting drug traffickers. Often times when you are pulled over for a minor traffic violation the Deputy is typically looking for a more serious crime. If you would like to report suspected drug abuse contact 573-422-3381 or you may contact the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group at 1-800-351-TIPS (you may remain anonymous)."