Two suspects arrested on drug, firearm charges

Two suspects arrested on drug, firearm charges
Freddie Tilton

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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