Pittsburg man arrested after motorcycle chase; indicted for Fentanyl Trafficking

JPittsburg man arrested after motorcycle chase; indicted for Fentanyl Trafficking
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A federal grand jury indicted a Pittsburg man for possessing fentanyl with Intent to Distribute after he led police on a motorcycle chase across state lines.

When a Crawford County Sheriff attempted to stop a motorcyclist just outside of Barton County on August 9th, the motorist sped away on Highway 160.

Police say the suspect later abandoned his bike and proceeded to flee from law enforcement on foot.

Deputies successfully apprehended the suspect using a taser and later discovered 202 grams of cocaine and fentanyl.

Police say a federal grand jury in Springfield indicted Justin T. Lapping, 47, with one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute as a result.

According to the indictment, Lapping has a prior serious drug felony conviction in Taney County, Mo., which would qualify for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole.

The charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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