Final Plea Hearing Set for Ava Man in Pot Case

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by Sam Clanton


AVA, Mo. – A plea hearing is scheduled in Douglas County Circuit Court for a man from Ava accused of growing large amounts of marijuana at his home.

Court records show Judge Craig Carter is allowing a final continuance for 52-year-old David Stevens to enter his plea on May 15th. This is the third and final continuance.

Stevens is charged with manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance along with unlawful possession of a firearm.

During execution of a search warrant on May 19th, 2017, sheriff’s deputies reportedly found numerous pot plants growing inside and outside of Stevens’ home, and recovered several packages of processed marijuana along with nearly 12-thousand dollars in cash.

Since his initial arrest, Stevens has been jailed twice for failing drug tests that are a condition of his bond release.

He tested positive for methamphetamine last June, and tested positive for THC in September, according to court records. He served 10 days in jail for each offense.