Drug bust near Butler

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On 1/9/2012, deputies made a vehicle stop on 71 Highway just south of 52 Highway. The vehicle was occupied by Chayne Bittner, 12/8/1975 and Robin Bittner, 9/16/1969 both of Noel, Missouri. During the vehicle stop deputies detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When confronted about the odor the driver, Chayne Bittner, admitted to having marijuana plants in the back seat of the vehicle. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and the plants were secured for evidence. In addition approximately 12 pounds of marijuana was found. The seized marijuana and plants have an estimated value of approximately $13,000.00.

Both Bittner’s were charged with possession with the intent to distribute. Bonds were set at $25,000 cash only.

Right: The Bates County Sheriff’s Office seized marijuana and plants during a routinte vehicle stop.

Middle: Robin Bittner

Far right: Chayne Bittner

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