MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — A California man waived a preliminary hearing this week on drug-trafficking charges stemming from a traffic stop more than two years ago on Interstate 44 in Missouri.
Joey R. Limon, 30, of Cathedral City, California, waived the hearing Thursday in Lawrence County Circuit Court on counts of first-degree trafficking in drugs and possession of a controlled substance, and was ordered to stand trial by Associate Judge Robert George. The judge set the defendant’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Aug. 13.
Limon was one of three occupants of a vehicle that a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over for speeding on Dec. 24, 2015, in Lawrence County. While speaking with the driver, the state trooper believed he smelled the odor of marijuana inside the car, and a search turned up a partially burnt marijuana cigarette, some heroin in a piece of tin foil and two vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamine, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The affidavit does not provide the weight of the methamphetamine seized but indicates that it was an amount warranting a trafficking charge.
The original trafficking charge against Limon was dismissed Aug. 25, 2016, but refiled, along with the possession charge, on Sept. 6, 2016.
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