A call to the Hannibal Police Department about suspicious activity on the 500 block of Head Lane resulted in the arrest of a Hannibal man on weapons and drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 4.

A call to the Hannibal Police Department about suspicious activity on the 500 block of Head Lane resulted in the arrest of a Hannibal man on weapons and drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Hannibal police officers received a report from a caller who heard what sounded like a weapon being racked. When officers arrived, they contacted a vehicle leaving the area with four individuals inside, along with what officers reported was a loaded AR-15 rifle and a large quantity of marijuana packaged for sale. The Courier-Post's policy is not to publish the names of subjects who have not been formally charged.

Markeleous Woodson, 18, of Hannibal, was charged Tuesday with two felonies: The class C felony of possession of 110 grams of marijuana with the intent to distribute and the class E felony of possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance. Woodson faces up to 14 years in prison, up to four years in jail or a $20,000 fine or a combination.

Woodson is alleged to have traveled to another drug distributor’s residence and engage in a dispute. “Despite being 18 years of age, the defendant allegedly committed very serious offenses. This defendant allegedly went to “settle a score” and took a 40 round, AR-15 style assault rifle with him that had one in the chamber and a full clip, while having 27 baggies of marijuana in his possession. It is fortunate that no one was shot. Adult actions will bring adult consequences. The Hannibal Police did a great job of intervening in the situation quickly,” Clayton said.

Woodson is scheduled to appear before Judge John Jackson for an arraignment hearing Friday, Sept. 7 in Marion County Associate Court. The defendant is currently in the Marion County Jail with a bond set at $50,000 cash-only.