2 arrested following controlled drug buy

2 arrested following controlled drug buy

BERNIE, MO (KAIT) - Police arrested two men on felony drug charges after investigators say they sold meth to an undercover informant.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, the informant met with Billie Ray Sanders, 44, of Bernie to purchase methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Bernie Police Department.

Sanders and the informant reportedly bought .25 grams of meth from Gregory Gill, 50, of Bernie in the front yard of Gill's home in the 400-block of East Crumb.

Investigators conducted a traffic stop on the informant's car. After collecting the just-purchased meth, they arrested Sanders on a Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance.

Later that day, Chief Justin Allen said detectives applied for and received a search warrant from Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver to search Gill's home.

While searching Gill's bedroom, investigators reported finding approximately 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine along with an active meth lab.

Officers also reportedly found a large bag and several small bags of marijuana, scales, a rifle, a loaded pistol, and a sawed-off shotgun.

Detectives also recovered the marked money used to purchase the methamphetamine earlier in the day, Allen said.

Police arrested Gill and charged him with a Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He is being held in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Sanders is being held on a $12,500 bond.

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