Interstate speeder busted for drug possession

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Sikeston man is in custody at Saline County Justice Center following his arrest Thursday, June 17, for class B felony distribution, delivery, manufacture or production, or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute, deliver, manufacture or produce the controlled substance of marijuana.

According to a report of the incident, Leopha R. Winfield, 31, was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer who tracked Winfield's speed at 80 miles per hour eastbound on Interstate Highway 70.

During a search of the vehicle after the traffic stop, the report says, the officer discovered a loaded .380-caliber handgun and a "distribution quantity of high-grade marijuana."

Winfield is being held on a cash-only bond of $10,000. If convicted, he could be sentenced to serve from five to 15 years in Missouri Department of Corrections.

In 2003, Winfield pleaded guilty to class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Scott County and was fined $500.

A date for a court appearance has not been set.

Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

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