Two men from Belle, including one who has evaded law enforcement for almost one and a half years, are facing drug charges after being arrested in Maries County Saturday morning, according to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office.
During the morning hours of March 16, members of the Maries County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, along with the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Belle Police Department, executed a search warrant in the 800 block of West Highway 28 near Belle, according to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman.
During the course of the search, investigators located suspected controlled substances, including items packaged in a manner which is common for the distribution of controlled substances, numerous items related to the sales and distribution of controlled substances and several items of suspected drug paraphernalia, Heitman said.
One of the men charged, Donald James Green, 29, of Belle, is currently out on parole for distribution of controlled substances.
Additionally, Green is wanted out of Jefferson City for parole violations and is a wanted suspect out of Kansas City, Platte County, Pettis County and the city of St. James.
Green has been evading law enforcement for nearly one and a half years, according to Heitman.
By Saturday afternoon, the Maries County Prosecutor’s Office had filed additional charges against Green for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Green was placed in the Maries County Jail and his bond on the additional charges filed Saturday was set at $50,000.
The prosecutor’s office also charged Joseph J. Fernandez, 26, of Belle, for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fernandez was placed in the Maries County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
A third suspect was released pending formal charges, which Heitman expects to be filed later this week.