‘True Drug Dealer’ Behind Bars in Springfield

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(Courtesy: Greene Co. Jail, Tilton Tate, 30)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man police are calling a “true drug dealer” is behind bars in Springfield.

Thirty-year-old Tilton Tate was arrested following a traffic stop on November 6 where police found 17.5 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded .38 caliber hand gun, a digital scale, and numerous plastic bags, according to a probable cause statement.

When the arresting officer first pulled over the man, he detected a strong odor of marijuana and saw a plastic bag containing pot. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found the gun along with the methamphetamine. Tate told officers he needed the gun for protection while selling illegal drugs, according to police.

Tate faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He is being held in the Greene County Jail on $20,000 bond.