(Terre Du Lac, MO)

On Friday and Saturday, Missouri launched their first 420 Drugged Driving Campaign. The weekend turned out to be unfortunate for a Terre Du Lac man who has been charged with drug trafficking.

Brian Bales, 47, has been charged with felony drug trafficking in the second degree, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bales was being held at the St. Francois County Jail on a $150,000 bond, but posted bond on Monday. Bales’ initial arraignment is scheduled for May 30th before Associate Circuit Judge Joseph Goff Jr.

The probable cause statement tells us, Deputy Matt Rion of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on Olive Road in Park Hills for a window tint violation. The vehicle was being driven by Bales.

During the traffic stop, a St. Francois County K-9 unit had a positive alert for drugs on the vehicle. When a K-9 unit has a positive alert on a vehicle, this automatically gives officer consent to search the automobile.

Court documents stated, during the search of the vehicle, 486 grams of methamphetamine, 430 grams of marijuana, and 6 grams of cocaine were found by deputies. All of the seized items tested positive by a “Trunarc” machine by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Along with the controlled substances, the report states that deputies discovered $15,500 in U.S. currency and a glass pipe, normally used for use of meth that contained traces of said substance. All of the items were collected and stored in a secure evidence locker.

Bales has pending charges from April 2018 for drug trafficking in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Also, Bales has separate felony stealing charges for amount over $750 pending from October 2018. Bales has pending charges for drug trafficking in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon from November 2017.