8 pot plants found at Shell Knob home
2 charged with felonies after state trooper's search
Two Shell Knob residents have been charged with multiple drug-related crimes after a search by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Thursday turned up eight marijuana plants.
Timothy Wiott, 48, of Shell Knob, is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Sandra Barton, 49, also of Shell Knob, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Z. K. Bryan, with the Highway Patrol, a search occurred at the home on Thursday, where in the east addition to the primary residence he allegedly found a digital scale, a glass smoking device containing marijuana residue and a black case containing approximately three grams of a clear crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, a Marlboro cigarette pack containing a baggie of marijuana and two plastic baggies containing marijuana. In a cabinet, Bryan allegedly found newspaper containing dried marijuana leaves and a plastic baggie containing straws and foil, which appeared to have been used for the consumption of a controlled substance.
Continuing the search, Bryan allegedly found and seized eight marijuana plants growing in five-gallon buckets. Two plants were found behind a garden, and six were found across the street in the right of way.
Bryan said the box containing the meth and baggies of marijuana were in close proximity and within reach of children staying in the residence. The children were ages 7, 3 and 1.
In a post-Miranda interview, Bryan said Barton admitted to knowledge of the two plants behind the house, and she allegedly admitted to consuming methamphetamine the day before in the east addition of the home where the substances were found.
Barton said she cooked breakfast for the children in that room, but denied sleeping there. She also said he children arrived the night before the search.
The Department of Family Services responded to the scene and placed the children with a family member.
Wiott is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $50,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.
Barton is being held on a $20,000 bond. She has also been arraigned and has a disposition hearing at the same time as Wiott in Foulke's courtroom.