A Hannibal man facing a drug charge stemming from a December warrant search at 1328 Ely St. was transported Thursday morning from the Marion County Jail to the Harvest House.

A Hannibal man facing a drug charge stemming from a December warrant search at 1328 Ely St. was transported Thursday morning from the Marion County Jail to the Harvest House.

Eric J. Powell, of Hannibal, appeared by videoconference before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in the Marion County 10th Circuit Court on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Public Defender Jennifer Richardson represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state.

Powell faces a Class D felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a Dec. 12 warrant search at 1328 Ely St. According to a Hannibal Police Department probable cause statement, officers heard shuffling sounds inside the house and heard someone flush a toilet after they attempted to contact the residents inside the house.

When they entered the front door, officers found William W. Gauch II, of Hannibal, sitting on the kitchen floor and holding his four-year-old son. His wife, Brandy L. Gauch, of Hannibal, was also in the kitchen holding her two-year-old daughter and a dog.

During the search, officers found Eric J. Powell laying on the floor in a nearby bedroom. Powell was arrested for active Marion County warrants, and officers located a small plastic baggie which tested positive for the presence of meth. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton filed a Class D felony of possession of a controlled substance, which carries a punishment range of at least two years and not more than 10 years; or one year of incarceration in a county jail, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

William Gauch II admitted that he was selling meth since he was released from prison, and he said that “panicked” and flushed about one quarter-ounce of meth and the pipe down the toilet. He said that his wife was not involved with the meth he was selling and he took responsibility for everything located in the house. Officers also located a broken glass meth pipe in the toilet, a digital scale, syringes, a pipe and a scale, a meth water pipe, marijuana, a green pill, a grinder and rolling papers.

William and Brandy Gauch were each charged with two Class D felonies of first-degree child endangerment. William Gauch II was also charged with the Class D felony of possession of meth; Brandy Gauch was charged with the Class D felony of possession of meth and a second Class D felony for possession of an Aprazolam pill.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton filed the charges against the defendants. Each Class D felony carries the same punishment range. Brandy Gauch is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12. William Gauch will appear for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Powell is set to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8. All three defendants are set to appear before Judge John Jackson, according to online court documents.