Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced Monday that $26,055 was transferred to the Hannibal School District under the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act. This was as a result of a seizure of funds during a June 2018 raid of the residence of James Tobias.
Tobias pleaded guilty today of the felonies of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a weapon, Distribution of a controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The defendant was sentenced to 16 years in prison and will undergo institutional treatment in the Department of Corrections.
“Upon his finding of guilt, my office moved to have the funds immediately transferred to the School District. The Court granted the Judgement and Order. From here, the Marion County Treasurer will disperse the funds. How the money is spent will be at the discretion of the District,” Clayton said.
Clayton said the results reflected team work and positive results following the raid of the defendant's residence.
“We turned a bad thing into a good thing. I spoke with Superintendent Susan Johnson who was pleased with the announcement. This was a team effort by the Hannibal Police, the Prosecutor’s office and now the Hannibal School District,” he said. “This is the most ever forfeited in Marion County. “
Officers executed a search warrant and several drugs and items related to drug sales were discovered. Of significance were also found several other guns including AK-47 style rifle, AR-15s, shotguns and pistols, in addition to the cash.