Joshua Allen Thomas, 33, of Bethel, has been charged with several felony counts as a result of a traffic stop on Friday, Feb. 16, at Missouri 6 and County Road 307 in Marion County.

Joshua Allen Thomas, 33, of Bethel, has been charged with several felony counts as a result of a traffic stop on Friday, Feb. 16, at Missouri 6 and County Road 307 in Marion County.
A warrant was issued Saturday, Feb. 17, at the request of Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton. Clayton reported Thomas has been charged with the Class B felony of trafficking a controlled substance for allegedly possessing over 90 grams of methamphetamine, a Class C felony of possession with the intent to deliver over 90 grams of marijuana, and two Class D felonies of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Clayton reported Thomas was in the Marion County Jail on a $100,000, cash only, bond.
“This suspect allegedly had drugs, guns, and three young children in the car,” Clayton said. “When my office receives the full report from the Highway Patrol, I will seek to also charge the defendant with three counts of felony child endangerment. When we receive his prior convictions for distribution of controlled substances, I will seek to enhance him as a prior and persistent drug offender, increasing the range of punishment to a maximum of 80 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.”
Thomas' probable cause statement reports the following offenses occurred on or about Feb. 16, 2018, in Marion County.
• Count 1 - Class B felony of trafficking in the second degree, stating he knowingly possessed 90 grams or more of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, knowing of its presence and nature. The range of punishment for a Class B felony is from five to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.
• Count 2 - Class C felony of delivery of a controlled substance, stating that with the intent to distribute, deliver or sell, he knowingly possessed more than 35 grams of marijuana, a controlled substance, knowing of its presence and nature, with a range of punishment of not less than two years or more than seven years with the DOC, or not more than one year in the county jail, or a fine not to exceed $5,000.
• Count 3 - Class D felony of unlawful possession of a firearm, stating he knowingly possessed a Kahr model CW 45, a firearm, and he was convicted of the felony of delivery of a controlled substance on April 1, 2013, in Crawford County, Mo. The range of punishment of a Class D felony is not less than two years or more than four years with the DOC or not more than one year in the county jail or a fine not to exceed $5,000, or by both imprisonment and a fine.
• Count 4 - Class D felony of unlawful possession of a firearm, stating he knowingly possessed  a Lorcin model L380, a firearm, and that he was convicted of the felony of delivery of a controlled substance on April 1, 2013, in Crawford County. The range of punishment for a Class D felony is not less than two or more than four years with the DOC or not more than one year in the county jail, or a fine not to exceed $5,000, or by both imprisonment and a fine.
Thomas also is charged by Missouri State Highway Patrol for speeding more than 16 to 19 miles per hour, failure for the driver/front seat passenger to wear a safety belt, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia - prior drug offense.
Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.