OREGON COUNTY -- A Thayer man who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for possession of stolen guns will face more local charges when he has completed his federal time.
Last week Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward obtained warrants against Matthew Bradley, 37, on several charges, including felony distribution, manufacture and possession of a controlled substance. The charges date back to September 2003.
The federal gun charges against Bradley stem from a burglary at Outback Gun and Pawn south of Mammoth Spring in December 2003. Following the burglary, Bradley and a woman, Kamala Crone, 36, also of Thayer, sold an assortment of guns including shotguns, semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles and ammunition to undercover law enforcement officers. These were the same firearms stolen at Outback Gun and Pawn.
The Oregon County Sheriff's Office, aided by the South Central Drug Task Force and several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested three men on felony drug charges.
According to Ward, James L. Simmons, 35, of Alton was arrested Sept. 20 and charged with felony possession and manufacture of a controlled substance.
According to the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Simmons is charged with selling one gram of methamphetamine for $75 to a confidential informant.
John D. Carner, 44, of Alton was arrested Sept. 22 and charged with felony distribution and possession of a controlled substance. The prosecutors office said on Sept. 9, 2003, Carner sold one-half once of cocaine to an undercover officer for $600.
Also on Sept. 22, James E. Brewer, 41, of Birch Tree was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. It is charged on Dec. 23, 2003, Brewer produced five grams of marijuana and possessed 35 grams of marijuana.
All three men were in Oregon County court Sept. 22 and pleaded not guilty. They were ordered to return to court Oct. 6.
The sheriff's office and the South Central Drug Task Force were assisted by officers from the Thayer and Alton Police Departments, Troop G of the Missouri Highway Patrol, and officers with the Mark Twain National Forest.