Sheriffs office arrests Charleston man on gun, drug charges

Saturday, March 4, 2017

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man faces felony drug and firearm charges following a traffic stop in Mississippi County.

Denique Rashad Clark, 28, of Charleston is charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance and felony unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Clark is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior felony conviction. The unlawful use of a weapon charge stems from his possession of a firearm while also in possession of a felony amount of a controlled substance.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson, the arrest came late Thursday after Sergeant Ryan Hill conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle cruising through Charleston with expired plates.

During the encounter, Hill noticed the driver had a large bag of marijuana sitting between his legs and subsequently seized the bag and ordered the man out of the vehicle. During the subsequent search, Hill located a firearm concealed on Clark.

Following the search, Clark was placed under arrest and transported to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

In an affidavit filed with the court, Hill reported the bag of marijuana seized from Clark contained 15 baggies of marijuana individually packaged for sale.

As of early Saturday, Clark remained in the Mississippi County Detention Center with bond set at $75,000.

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