On March 4, Missouri authorities arrested a 21-year-old student at Truman State University on multiple drug charges, according to a statement released by the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The university has confirmed the arrest.
According to news outlets, officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control executed a search warrant at the defendant’s South Sheridan Street home. During the ensuing search, they allegedly located approximately 11 pounds of marijuana, around three-quarters of a pound of marijuana resin, 38 THC vape pen cartridges, around 11 pounds of THC-infused brownies and gummies and an unspecified amount of THC suckers. In addition, they allegedly found around 410 Adderall pills, nine ecstasy pills, six Xanax pills, one morphine pill, 162 hits of LSD, some psilocybin mushrooms, a loaded semi-automatic handgun and $81,501 in cash.
The defendant, who is from Nigeria, was charged with six counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and felony delivery of a controlled substance. He was additionally charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon. It is not known when his next court hearing is scheduled.
Individuals charged with serious drug offenses could face harsh consequences if they are convicted in court. For example, it is common for defendants who are found guilty of felony drug possession and delivery to be sentenced to years in prison and assessed heavy fines. However, every defendant is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to mount a strong defense against the accusations. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, it might be possible to undermine the prosecution’s case and get the charges dismissed. Alternatively, the attorney might be able to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges and helps the defendant obtain a more lenient sentence.