Hannibal man faces child endangerment, drug, weapons charges following search

Courier-Post staff
Posted: Oct. 31, 2018 3:21 pm

Hannibal police officers responding to a probation violation warrant Sept. 20 on Stardust Drive arrested a Hannibal man who now faces four felony charges including endangering the welfare of a child and possession of methamphetamine.

Gregory Flowers, 27, of Hannibal, faces two Class D felony counts of child endangerment where a scale with methamphetamine residue was within reach of a minor, one Class D felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one Class D felony count for unlawful possession of a firearm. Hannibal police officers attempted to contact Flowers at the Stardust Drive residence, but another resident initially denied consent to enter the residence.

Police officers told the responding person that they were aware Flowers was inside the residence, and they would obtain a warrant if he did not make contact with them. About 25 minutes after the resident initially denied officers access to the home, Flowers came to the front door.

During their search of the residence, police found a .22 caliber handgun underneath a couch cushion, a scale containing methamphetamine residue and bullets nearby, according to a probable cause statement. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced the filing of the charges Wednesday, Oct. 31. The range of punishment for each felony charge is imprisonment from two to seven years with the Missouri Department of Corrections, or a special term of up to one year in a county jail or other authorized institution, or a fine of up to $10,000, or a combination of incarceration and a fine.

Flowers is currently incarcerated in a Missouri Department of Corrections facility for a prior charge of receiving stolen property. It is not yet clear when his first court date will occur to address the new charges.


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