Golden man charged in drug task force bust

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Possible federal indictment coming for meth distribution

A rural Golden man has been charged in Barry County with selling meth, and a federal indictment for distribution could be in the works.

Russell Williams, 64, of Golden, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance following a search of his home on June 11.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Danielle Heil, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a meeting was held on March 17 between agents from Homeland Security out of the Fayetteville, Ark., office, the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team and the Patrol. The group discussed several independent investigations of Williams, suspected of distributing multiple pounds of methamphetamine in Missouri and Arkansas.

On three occasions in April, Patrol confidential informants were arranged to buy meth from Williams at his home on Farm Road 1253 in Arrow Point. One informant was searched before and after the transaction, with no contraband located, and another was surveilled to and from the location. An audio/video recording device was used to identify Williams in the transactions.

On June 11, the Patrol served a search warrant at the home, seizing approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine, as well as a large assortment of ammunition and paraphernalia.

Williams has numerous arrests in Arkansas, Missouri and California that include charges of stealing, burglary, trespassing, domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, cocaine distribution, heroin distribution, felon in possession of a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon.

“Williams has a history of fleeing to avoid arrest and/or prosecution and is generally uncooperative with law enforcement,” Heil said in the statement. “Williams is facing a possible federal indictment, and I believe he is a flight risk at this time.”

Williams was initially held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000. He has been arraigned, and a bond reduction hearing held on Thursday reduced his bond to $40,000, 10 percent or corporate surety. He was released on that bond amount later that day.

Williams has a disposition hearing scheduled for Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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