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2 in custody, charged following Cole County drug bust

2 in custody, charged following Cole County drug bust

July 20th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

Bond was set at $15,000 each, cash only, for two people charged Friday afternoon following what turned out to be a drug bust Thursday night in Cole County.

Sonja Jeanette Valenzuela and Joshua R. Rhodes — both of 1109 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City — were charged in separate cases with:

Second-degree trafficking, a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of five-15 years in prison, if there's a conviction.

Possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony, with a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison, if there's a conviction.

Two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, a Class E felony — for having both a handgun and a revolver while also possessing methamphetamine, with a maximum sentence of no more than four years in prison.

Possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail.

The Cole County Sheriff's Department reported Friday morning that deputies were called around 11:25 p.m. Thursday to the 2700 block of Bess Hill Road — between the Schott Road water tower and the Moreau River, just outside the Jefferson City limits — in reference to a possible weapons violation.

When they arrived, deputies found a man and a woman who were drunk and shooting off fireworks.

While at the scene, a deputy saw a handgun and a bag of marijuana in a truck — and that led to a search of the truck, where deputies found three handguns, 134 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of ecstasy, 34 grams of marijuana, four clonazepam pills, 27 grams of an unknown substance, digital scales and several used syringes.

Their cases were assigned to Associate Circuit Judge Thomas L. Sodergren, but no court dates had been set as of Friday evening.

The man and woman were taken to the Cole County Jail. They were not identified, as they are awaiting formal charges for trafficking, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.