A Hannibal man facing felony drug trafficking charges will appear for a preliminary hearing stemming from a January 19 drug bust on St. Charles St.

A Hannibal man facing felony drug trafficking charges will appear for a preliminary hearing stemming from a January 19 drug bust on St. Charles St.

Faron Elzea, 39, of Hannibal, appeared by videoconference before Judge John Jackson on Friday, Jan. 26, in Marion County Associate Court. Public Defender Jonathan Hoover represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state.

Elzea was charged following reports of possible drug use and trespassing received by members of the Hannibal Police Department Anti-Crime Enforcement Squad (ACES) on Friday, Jan. 19. The officers received consent to search the residence and discovered several subjects inside, along with a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, currency, several bottles of prescription drugs and a loaded hand gun. A large amount of stolen property was also recovered which is believed to be from recent burglaries being investigated by Hannibal detectives. Four subjects were taken into custody.

Three people were charged in connection with the bust.

The 10th Judicial Circuit Court issued warrants on Richard Thrun, 39, of Hannibal, Erin. E. Inlow, 37, of Hannibal, and Faron Elzea, 39, of Hannibal, charging them with the Class C Felony of second-degree drug trafficking.

A fourth person was arrested but had not been charged as of Jan. 26. The Courier-Post does not typically identify people arrested if they are not charged with a crime.

Arraignment hearings for Inlow and Thrun were continued to 8:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Elzea's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

Bonds for Thrun, Elzea, and Inlow were set at $50,000 cash only. All three remain in the Marion County Jail.