A rural Marshall man interviewed by Saline County sheriff's deputies in connection with a drug investigation has been arrested and as of 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, was being held in the Saline County jail, unable to post bond, according to Sheriff Wally George.
Billy Joe Bellamy, 36, was charged with two felony drug offenses -- unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and possession of anhydrous ammonia in a nonapproved container -- and seven counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, according to court documents released by George.
According to a deputy's report, Bellamy allegedly purchased items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine from a Marshall store early in December.
Deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers executed a search warrant at Bellamy's home Friday, Dec. 12, and said they found rifles, handguns and ammunition along with material commonly used in the production of methamphetamine, including a tank containing anhydrous ammonia.
Bellamy was being held in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond.
Bellamy was the fourth man arrested in recent days in connection with alleged methamphetamine production in rural Marshall.
Kenneth Eugene Bellamy, 44, of rural Marshall; Cody Wilson Roettgen, 20, of Marshall; and Michael G. Keithley, 24, of Bolivar were each charged with possession with intent to distribute or produce a controlled substance, according to unofficial online court records.
Bond was set for each man at $15,000, cash-only for Bellamy and Keithley, cash or surety for Roettgen.
The three were arrested about 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15.