Three in custody on weapons, drug charges
BERTRAND, Mo. - Drugs and weapons were discovered when law enforcement officers went to a Bertrand residence in search of a fugitive.
An investigation began when the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office received information that fugitive was staying in a residence in rural Mississippi County. On Monday night, Sheriff Cory Hutcheson, Chief Deputy Caid, Deputy David Watkins and Deputy Britton Ferrell went to the Bertrand residence to investigate the information, according to a news release from the department.
Upon their arrival, Hutcheson reportedly noticed Kevin Wayne Garrett, 42, and Clarissa Urchison, 19, of East Prairie fleeing on foot from a vehicle as Willie Weaver, 54, of East Prairie got out of a vehicle and walked toward Hutcheson. According to Caid, Weaver was found to have methamphetamine in his possession.
"As the deputies approached the vehicle from which the trio had fled, they observed two firearms laying on the center console. A search of the vehicle turned up methamphetamine and several prescription pain pills for which none of the parties had a prescription," Caid said.
Using thermal imaging technology, officers located Garrett and Urchison hiding beneath a nearby trash pile.
Garrett and Weaver are charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Urchison is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon, a class D felony.
Garrettt and Weaver are both prohibited from possessing firearms due to their prior felony convictions while Urchison's weapons charge stems from her possession of a firearm while also in possession of a felony controlled substance, Caid reported
As of press time, all three remain in the Mississippi County Detention Center with bonds set at $50,000 cash only. According to online court records, a preliminary hearing is set for each for March 1 before Judge S. Rob Barker.