A Christian County sheriff’s deputy tried to make a traffic stop that ended with the discovery of six pounds of the drug methamphetamine.
A St. Joseph man who led law enforcement officers in a pursuit from Christian County into Taney County was indicted by a federal grand jury June 11 for possessing approximately six pounds of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
Andrew R. Trammell, 45, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The indictment replaces a criminal complaint filed against Trammell on June 7.
The federal indictment alleges that Trammell was in possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on June 6, 2019.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a Christian County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Trammell, who was driving a Dodge Durango on Highway 65 near the interchange with State Route EE on June 6. The vehicle failed to stop, the affidavit says, and the deputy pursued the vehicle southbound on Highway 65 through Saddlebrooke and into Taney County.
Trammell reportedly crashed the vehicle upon entering Branson and was arrested by Branson police officers after “a brief foot chase.”
Officers searched the vehicle before towing it from the scene of the crash. According to the affidavit, officers found a box on the floorboard between the front and back seats that contained approximately six pounds of methamphetamine and a large quantity of cash.
Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Byron H. Black. It was investigated by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, the Branson Police Department; and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.