Saline County man convicted of meth manufacturing, public nuisance charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A rural Saline County man was found guilty March 19 by a Clay County jury of one count of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a public nuisance, according to a news release from Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer.

Chadwick L. Walter was tried as a prior and persistent offender and could face life in the Missouri Department of Corrections on the meth manufacturing charge, Stouffer said.

The penalty for the maintaining a public nuisance charge could be up to 15 years in DOC.

Because of his prior criminal record, any sentence imposed by the court will be served without possibility of probation or parole, according to Stouffer.

Charges were filed as a result of a search warrant executed at Walter's rural residence by Saline County sheriff's deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, who discovered a meth production operation in Walter's garage. Stouffer said multiple search warrants have been executed at Walter's residence in recent years, and that's what led to the public nuisance charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 10.

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