Federal prosecutors say a Kansas City man was caught transporting five pounds of meth from Los Angeles to southwest Missouri.
Neal Norles, 29, was charged Jan. 24 with possessing large amounts of meth with intent to distribute.
According to a criminal complaint, federal investigators used cellphone data to track Norles as he traveled to Los Angeles on Jan. 20 and then began traveling back east the next day.
On Jan. 22, the complaint says a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped Norles’ Dodge Charger in Newton County and found five vacuum-sealed bags of meth hidden near the rear windshield of the car.
The total weight of the contraband was a little more than five pounds, according to the complaint.
The Drug Enforcement Administration officer who wrote the complaint said he had identified Norles in December as a distributor of meth in southwest Missouri.
In asking that Norles be held in jail as his case moves toward trial, federal prosecutors described some of his previous run-ins with law enforcement.
Prosecutors say Norles previously pleaded guilty to drug possession and has misdemeanor convictions for careless and imprudent driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, peace disturbance and disorderly conduct.
In 2015, prosecutors say Norles pointed a gun at the mother of his child. Two years later, prosecutors say Norles displayed a gun in an angry and threatening manner at a victim because the victim was a supporter of President Donald Trump.
In 2018, Norles allegedly told police he had smoked a half-ounce of marijuana every day since he was 13.
An attorney listed for Norles did not immediately respond to a request for comment.