Fulton County sheriff's officers and investigators found 11 marijuana plants on property owned by William P. McGuirk, 43, of Viola. The property is in the Sturkie area.
According to investigating officer, James Humphrey's account, the marijuana was spotted by a Missouri State Highway Patrol air search. Trooper Brad Odle with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was flying along the Arkansas Missouri state line when he found the marijuana plants. Odle, then contacted investigating officer Bobby Braden of the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force about the marijuana, who, in turn, contacted Humphrey.
Humphrey, along with Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Deputy Terry Walker, S/A Todd Shaw and investigating officer Jimmy Carter, tracked the location using a GPS tracking system. The officers found the location at about 3:30 p.m. About 80 yards behind the residence the officers found marijuana plants treated with insecticide.
The officers approached the residence and Humphrey asked McGuirk if anyone else was in the house. McGuirk said his four-year-old son was inside.
When McGuirk gave permission for the officers to search the residence, they found a small amount of marijuana, used plastic bags and rolling papers used to smoke marijuana.
McGuirk was charged with possession of a controlled substance to sell, manufacture of a controlled substance to sell and use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,000 in lieu of incarceration.