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By Marlana Smith
A Clarence man was arrested for being in possession of illegal drugs following a traffic stop on Missouri State Highway 5 in Marceline on Monday, May 24, at 8:51 a.m.
Joshua Heath Barry, 25, was pulled over after a Linn County Sheriff Jeff Henke determined the license plates did not match the vehicle Barry was driving.
During the stop, Barry advised law enforcement the vehicle did not belong to him.
K-9 Nitro was deployed for an exterior sniff of the Jeep. K-9 Nitro gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics emitting from the driver’s area. Law enforcement conducted a probable cause search, which allegedly yielded 34 grams of methamphetamines, an assortment of 97 prescription pills and a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm handgun loaded with approximately seven rounds in the magazine. A Winchester Model 88, .308 caliber was located in the backseat. Digital scales and baggies were also found.
Barry was arrested on seven felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two misde-meanor counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.
According to the probable cause statement, Barry is under investigation by the North Missouri Drug Task Force.
Barry was taken to the Macon County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold.
Barry was arraigned in Macon County on Thursday, May 27 by Linn County Associate Circuit Judge William P. Devoy. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty.
He is being held at the Macon County Jail on a $75,000 cash only bond.
Joshua Barry is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.