Two Men Arrested For Drugs After Being Caught By Landowner
On 10/2/15 at approximately 2:41 pm, Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Ruark responded to Farm Road 2150 east of
State Highway Y. Dispatch advised Deputy Ruark that a landowner was holding a suspect awaiting law enforcement officers.
When Deputy Ruark arrived the landowner and several others had a male subject identified as 43 year old Rick Alan Johnson
of Springfield, Mo detained. The landowner caught Rick Johnson and 33 year old Bart Jett of Clever Mo trespassing on his property.
Both men tried to flee but Johnson was caught and detained until deputies arrived. Johnson smelled of marijuana and seemed to
be under the influence. Deputy Ruark also noticed laying in plain sight in the subjects car was a burlap sack with what appeared
to be marijuana sticking out of the opening. Deputy Ruark also observed several pipes and spoons laying in plain sight. Johnson
had hypodermic needles in his clothing and more suspected marijuana was located wrapped in newspaper in the back seat of the
car. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Barry County Jail. A search was conducted for Bart Jett who had fled
on foot. Deputy Watkins and Deputy Moore continued searcing for Jett and located a green camo backpack full of marijuana laying
long a trail and a pistol. Bart Jett was located approximately an hour later along this same trail. Jett was arrested after he tried to
run from deputies and transported to the Barry County Jail. Both Johnson and Jett are convicted felons and are prohibited from owning
or possessing firearms. It is suspected that Jett and Johnson were growing marijuana near the area they were arrested and were interrupted
by the landowner while they were processing the marijuana. Both men have been charged with -Possession of a Controlled Substance with
intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce, Armed Criminal Action, Possession of a Controlled substance except 35 grams or less of
a cannabinoid, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Resisting or interfering with arrest for a felony, Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Bond has been set at $40,000 cash only each.