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Felon on Parole Jailed for Intent to Distribute Drugs in Republic

REPUBLIC, Mo. – A Republic man is being held without bond at the Greene County Jail, accused of intention to distribute methamphetamine in the Republic area.
REPUBLIC, Mo. – A Republic man is being held without bond at the Greene County Jail, accused of intention to distribute methamphetamine in the Republic area.

A criminal complaint and attached court documents allege that William Timothy Cruz-Martinez, 39, has gotten large quantities of meth from the Kansas City for distribution in the Ozarks.

Missouri Highway Patrol agents who served a search warrant at Cruz-Martinez’ residence in Republic on Wednesday found just short of 6 ounces of methamphetamine (168 grams), along with drug paraphernalia in the house on East Haley Street, the documents state.

An affidavit states that the warrant targeting Cruz-Martinez and another occupant of the house was issued after a confidential informant met with the two at the Republic house and was shown a zip-lock bag of meth. The informant told investigators he had also been in the house in the past and had noticed meth and drug paraphernalia at the house.

Cruz-Martinez was arrested along with three other people in the house.

At the time of the arrest, he was wearing an ankle monitoring system attached by a bondsman who had posted bond for Cruz-Martinez to free him from custody on earlier charges of tampering and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also on parole after sentencing on a case of possession of a controlled substance, according to the affidavit.

If convicted, Cruz-Martinez faces up to 40 years in prison.
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