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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Belle man faces drug, weapons charges

  • A Maries County man who was out on parole for a methamphetamine-related offense now faces two new drug-related charges and an unlawful weapons violation charge after law enforcement officials this past weekend found what they believe to be meth and items used to make the controlled substance on a piece of property near Belle.
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  • A Maries County man who was out on parole for a methamphetamine-related offense now faces two new drug-related charges and an unlawful weapons violation charge after law enforcement officials this past weekend found what they believe to be meth and items used to make the controlled substance on a piece of property near Belle.
    Keith "Tuff" W. Lansford, 50, of Belle, has been charged with attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, a Class B felony; as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance, both Class C felonies, according to the Maries County Sheriff's Office.
    Lansford was incarcerated in the Maries County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
    Sometime between late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant in the 33000 block of Highway 28 near Belle.
    According to a probable cause statement filed in the 25th Circuit Court, a task force officer stated the property was an operational livestock farm owned by Roger Stockton.
    Lansford works on the farm and resides in an outbuilding, which was converted into a living quarters, according the statement.
    Lansford was found inside the building when the search warrant was served. After Lansford was read his rights, the property was searched.
    Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said investigators located a suspected meth lab, suspected meth and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, several weapons and ammunition.
    The task force officer wrote in the probable cause statement that "pebble size chunks of powder field testing positive for the presence of methamphetamine, one piece of foil with burn residue, one small cut straw and one soda bottle containing liquid acid were located on the kitchen table." Plastic tubing was also found in a jacket pocket on the kitchen floor.
    Also found in a field near the residence was a pressure tank with ammonia gas. A one-gallon jar with liquid and powder and a plastic pitcher with liquid and powder were located in a small animal shelter near the residence, too.
    Court documents state Lansford admitted to possession of the items during the search and called the product in the jar and pitcher "seed," a slang term for meth in the production stage.
    Lansford stated that he had been out of prison for six or seven months and had been using meth ever since then, the task force officer wrote. When Lansford was asked where he obtained the pseudoephedrine used to produce the meth, Lansford stated, "lots of people."
    Sheriff's deputies arrested Lansford for the drug violations, according to Heitman.
    In addition to the drug-related items found, officers also located and seized three firearms — a Mossberg 20-gauge pump shotgun, a Mossberg 420-gauge pump shotgun and a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle. Lansford stated the firearms belonged to the property owner.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lansford was currently out on parole for manufacturing a controlled substance, and he has numerous felony convictions, Heitman said.­
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