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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • 2 from Vienna arrested on meth charges

  • Two individuals from Vienna have been charged with drug violations after more than 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine were found in their residence Thursday night in Maries County.
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  • Two individuals from Vienna have been charged with drug violations after more than 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine were found in their residence Thursday night in Maries County.
    Starla M. Dudenhoeffer, 51, and Timothy D. James, 52, both of Vienna, have each been charged with trafficking a controlled substance, a class A felony, according to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman.
    According to a news release from Heitman, members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant at a residence on Maries County Road 302.
    The residence belonged to Dudenhoeffer but James was also living there.
    Heitman said investigators located a substantial amount of crystal meth weighing more than 3 pounds. That amount of product has an approximate street value of $145,000.
    "The drug world took a substantial hit last night. This was the most crystal meth we have ever recovered at one time. I hope that this will deter other drug dealers from coming to this area."
    Investigators also located numerous items of drug paraphernalia, items related to the sales of controlled substances and several weapons. After further investigation, investigators also found approximately $50,000 in cash at the residence.
    Dudenhoeffer and James were arrested for the drug violations and both remain in the Maries County Jail on no bond.
    James is also currently on probation for felony possession of controlled substance.
    Heitman said he is anticipating additional charges to be filed in this case possibly on a federal level.
    Heitman said the sheriff's office will make an application to seize assets in this case as well.
    “I personally feel that if someone buys something with drug money then it should be seized," Heitman said.
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