Man charged following search of Russellville home
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Editor's Note: This story updates and expands upon "Sheriff reports weapons and drugs seized at Russellville home" posted on Friday, March 21, 2014.
A Russellville man is in the Cole County Jail this weekend, facing three charges after being arrested Thursday night during a search of his home at 13006 Minnie Drive.
Associate Circuit Judge Thomas L. Sodergren on Friday ordered that Emmanuel Guillen, 21, be held without bond.
Guillen is charged with second-degree trafficking, a Class A felony that could result in a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 30 years, or life, if he’s convicted.
Prosecutors also charged Guillen with unlawful possession of a weapon, a Class C felony that could result in a prison sentence up to seven years, and receiving stolen property, another Class C felony.
The trafficking charge accused Guillen of possessing “450 grams or more of any material containing any quantity of methamphetamine … knowing of its presence and nature.”
Cole County Chief Deputy John Wheeler said late Friday morning, in a news release, that officials seized 632 grams — or nearly 1.5 pounds — of crystal meth, considered an extremely addictive form of the controlled substance, with a street value estimated at $82,000.
A probable cause statement filed with the criminal charges said the search warrant was issued “after an ongoing investigation into narcotic sales” at the home.
Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Suchanek also wrote in the statement that Guillen admitted having about a “half-pound” of meth “in a white box in the bedroom closet,” and that there was approximately $10,000 stored in a safe in the bedroom.
But Wheeler’s Friday morning news release said officers found almost three times as much crystal meth as Guillen had told Suchanek, and $15,000 cash instead of $10,000.
The sheriff’s department news release said officers also recovered “numerous” weapons; two trucks; and a stolen vehicle.
The weapons charge said Guillen “knowingly possessed a short barreled shotgun.”
The probable cause statement said 22 firearms, including two short barrel shotguns, were found “in various locations throughout the residence,” and that some of the weapons had “serial numbers defaced.”
The statement also said more than 50 grams of methamphetamine were found “in the console” of one of the vehicles parked outside the house, and “additional firearms” were found in the vehicles.
“Also located in a detached garage, under a tarp, was a vehicle reported stolen out of the St. Louis area,” the probable cause statement reported.
The receiving stolen property charge accused Guillen of having the stolen vehicle “with the purpose to deprive the owner of (it) … knowing or believing that it had been stolen.”
The probable cause statement said a second person was detained with Guillen, but was “determined to be a visitor and later (was) released.”
The search warrant was served about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the home by members of the sheriff’s SWAT team, who were joined by officers from the Mid-Missouri region’s MUSTANG Drug Task Force and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Case.net, the state courts system’s online docket reporting website, shows the charges filed this week are the most serious of Guillen’s life, so far. He also has had two traffic violations — a misdemeanor conviction in Moniteau County for operating a vehicle on a highway last August without having a valid driver’s license, and a speeding ticket issued at the same time.
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