Belle man charged after drug search

Kelly D. Griffith, 52, of Belle, Mo.

Kelly D. Griffith, 52, of Belle, Mo.

Early Wednesday morning, deputies from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and narcotics investigators from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant at 4339 Highway D near Cooper Hill in Osage County.

Deputies located suspected methamphetamine, illegal prescription narcotics and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Kelly D. Griffith, 52, of Belle, was arrested at the scene.

He is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities said Griffith has an extensive criminal history including convictions for felony stealing, assault, and unlawful use of a firearm and has previously been incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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