by Sam Clanton
MT. VERNON, Mo. – A Stone County man is found guilty of possessing methamphetamine by a Lawrence County jury.
The case against 46-year-old Timothy Stark of Billings was moved to Mt. Vernon on a change of venue.
Stark and 45-year-old Paula Moore were arrested on April 3rd, 2014, when Stone County Sheriff’s Deputies and COMET task force officers executed a search warrant at Stark’s home on Brown Springs Road.
According to Stone County Prosecutor Matt Selby, officers located several baggies containing a white crystalline substance, which later tested positive as methamphetamine.
Moore is currently serving a six-year prison term, and testified on Stark’s behalf that the drugs belonged to her.
Selby says assistant prosecutors Dayrell Scrivner and Bryanna Howell were able to convince the jury otherwise, and after less than 40 minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a guilty verdict.
Stark’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 17th.
Possession of meth carries a range of punishment of up to seven years in prison, and fines of up to 5-thousand dollars.