Monett man charged with drugs after fleeing police

Charlea Estes-Jones

A Monett man is being held in the Barry County Jail after allegedly being found with drugs and items used in the manufacture and sale of controlled substances. According to a statement of probable cause, used in filing charges against him, Justin S. Butler, 30, of Monett, was allegedly found in a Monett park with methamphetamine, scales, and a methamphetamine precursor.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 24, Butler was reportedly observed by Monett police in the 5th and Front Street Park after hours. Butler allegedly began to run through the park after seeing a police cruiser.
Butler was eventually stopped and searched. Butler was allegedly found with a plastic bag containing 6.5 grams of crystal substance, a scale, an over the counter medicine containing Sudafed-like medication, several empty baggies, empty syringes and other narcotics paraphernalia. The scales and crystal substance both allegedly field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Butler is being held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

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