Sedalia man and Marshall woman charged with multiple drug felonies

Monday, June 19, 2017

A combined eight felony counts were brought in Saline County against Brent Y. Reynolds Jr., 33, of Sedalia and Chelsea Michele Blackerby, 24, of Marshall Saturday, June 17.

According to the probable cause statement in the case, the two were traveling southbound on Route EE and then eastbound on Interstate 70 when they were stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for allegedly failing to yield and not wearing seat belts Friday, June 16. During the stop, the officer of record reports detecting the scent of raw marijuana, to which Reynolds and Blackerby allegedly explained by the presence of two marijuana joints in the vehicle's ashtray. Upon further questioning, they allegedly confirmed the presence of additional marijuana and methamphetamine in the vehicle and Reynolds admitted to eating some of the methamphetamine.

A search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered raw marijuana with individual baggies, multiple containers with crystal substances and one brown wax substance. Blackerby allegedly admitted to selling both the marijuana and methamphetamines because she was unemployed and needed the money.

The charges against Blackerby include two class C felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, one class D felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one class E felony count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia - amphetamine or methamphetamine.

The charges against Reynolds include three class D felony counts of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannibinoid, one class E felony count of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution and three misdemeanors.

Editor's note: 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.