Two suspects arrested on drug, firearm charges
JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin police arrest two men in the parking lot of the West 7th Street Wal-Mart.
Around 2:30 a.m. on December 21st, 2018, a Joplin Police Officer was pulling through the parking lot when she recognized a male walking out from the store to be Freddie Tilton. Area law enforcement had been looking for Tilton for a Jasper County Warrant for first degree assault with a $50,000 cash only bond.
The officer contacted Tilton as he walked up to a vehicle on the lot that had a passenger in it. According to authorities, the passenger discarded a bag of meth in the officer’s presence and gave a false name. Based on those observations and the use of a JPD Police K9, authorities say 32 grams of meth and a loaded handgun were found in the vehicle. Police also found more than $1,700 in cash on Tilton.
Freddie L. Tilton, 45, of Joplin, was arrested on his assault warrant. Authorities are also requesting charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and a felon in possession of a firearm.
The passenger, a 37-year-old from Carl Junction, was also arrested. Police are requesting charges against him for possession of a controlled substance and a felon in possession of a firearm.
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