A Hannibal man will be arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court for the felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance stemming from a Dec. 18 warrant search on St. Charles St.

A Hannibal man will be arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court for the felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance stemming from a Dec. 18 warrant search on St. Charles St.

Seth L. Richardson, of Hannibal, appeared by videoconference before Judge Jackson in Marion County Associate Court on Monday, Jan. 8. Public Defender Austin Smith represented the defendant. Assistant Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Gareth Cooksey represented the state.

Richardson is charged with the Class C felony of distribution of a controlled substance, which carries a punishment range of at least three years to no more than 10 years in prison. Jackson granted the defense's request for a bond reduction, amending it to a $25,000 cash or surety bond. During the preliminary hearing, Jackson heard evidence from the case and binding the defendant over for arraignment in Marion County Circuit Court.

According to a Hannibal Hannibal Police Department probable cause statement, officers arrived at about 2:16 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at 3606 St. Charles St. to serve the search warrant. During a search of the garage, officers found a digital scale and plastic baggie corners — each item tested positive for meth residue. Officers also located a broken meth pipe and a wooden pipe that appeared to contain marijuana.

Officers arrested Richardson, who told them he had marijuana on his person. The officers found marijuana inside a pill container and a one hitter pipe in a cigarette pack. After the arrest, a subsequent search found mail addressed to Richardson near a metal tin that contained about three grams of meth and a pipe.

Richardson is set to appear for arraignment before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12.