POPLAR BLUFF - A three-month investigation by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force into the distribution of marijuana in Butler and Ripley counties has resulted in one arrest.
James M. Walton, 60 of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., was arrested by officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and SEMO Drug Task Force in Doniphan on April 3. During his arrest he was transporting eight pounds of marijuana for delivery to an individual in Southeast Missouri, the Patrol reported.
A continuation of the investigation by SEMO Task Force Officers resulted in the issuance of two search warrants in Arkansas. Working in conjunction with law enforcement authorities in Izard County and Sharp County, Ark., and the Arkansas State Police, a search warrant was served at Walton's Horseshoe Bend residence. At the residence the officers recovered approximately 83 pounds of marijuana, $25,060.00 in currency and two large containers with uncirculated and proof coins.
A second search warrant was obtained for a storage facility in Ash Flat, Ark., that was rented by Walton. Approximately 47 pounds of marijuana were recovered from the storage locker.
Walton is charged in Ripley County with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Additional charges for possession of marijuana are pending in Arkansas.