Four People Charged after Drug Trafficking Bust in South Joplin

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Rev Steve Heather KOLR

JOPLIN, Mo- The Joplin Police Department has arrested four people all connected to a drug trafficking ring.

According to the Department, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night an off-duty police officer was at a Sonic and noticed a wanted male who had two felony arrest warrants. He contacted an on-duty officer who responded. In the meantime, the wanted male walked to the Fairfield Inn nearby and met a female and the two began acting suspiciously.

An officer arrived and arrested the wanted male and a female. The male was arrested for his outstanding warrants and was found with over 100 grams of meth and 4 grams of heroin. The female was found with over 30 grams of meth, according to the Department Facebook page.

The male was identified as Aaron S. Sutten, 33-years-old, and the female was Shawna M. Smith, 26-years-old. Both Sutten and Smith have been charged with 2nd-Degree Trafficking drugs.

And while Smith and Sutten were being arrested, another officer attempted to contact two additional males who were involved with Smith and Sutten.

The post states, the two men had walked back down to Sonic and when an officer pulled up, one of those men fled on foot to a gas station. The male ran into the bathroom before surrendering to officers. 

Officers found a loaded handgun the man discarded in the toilet that was reported stolen out of the City of Joplin. The male was also a convicted felon. He was identified as Joseph W. Hood, 35-years-old. Hood has been charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm $1,000 cash bond

Due to those three arrests, officers then obtained a search warrant for a hotel room at the Fairfield Inn. 

The search warrant was conducted, and one female was found in the room with 151 grams of meth. 

She has been identified as Kiley R. McDonald, 28-years-old. Charges were filed and approximately 286 grams of meth total were seized along with the heroin. McDonald has also been charged with 2nd-Degree trafficking,  $5,000 cash bond NCSO Felony FTA leaving the scene of an accident $1,000 bond.

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