A federal grand jury has indicted a Joplin man on meth dealing and weapons charges.
In the indictment, which was unsealed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, James E. LaRue, 40, Joplin, was charged with one count of distributing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) four counts of selling a controlled substance, one count of unlawful transport of firearms, and one count of using firearms in a criminal activity.
LaRue was initially arrested after the Joplin Police Department and the Ozarks Drug Enforcement team executed a search warrant December 15, 2015, at 1202 South Murphy, Joplin.
Though LaRue was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and receiving stolen property, according to a news release from the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, Jasper County Circuit Court records indicate the only charge Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson filed against LaRue was possession of a controlled substance.
A detention hearing for LaRue will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, in federal court in Springfield.