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Brothers face drug-related charges

FARMINGTON — Two brothers are facing drug-related charges after a two-year long investigation by area police.

Gregory P. Ward, 28, and Gerry Ward, 32, of Farmington, were charged Tuesday with possession of hydrocodone; possession of salvia divinorum or diviner’s sage, a psychoactive herb; possession of valium; and receiving stolen property.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed at a later date. They are being held in the county jail on a $40,000 cash-only bond. They have bonded out.

All are Class C felonies. If convicted, they can be sentenced up to seven years in prison on each of the charges.

According to the probable cause statement, the investigation began in 2006 when the Mineral Area Drug Task Force received information that Gerry Ward was using and distributing illegal narcotics. The investigation included surveillance operations and a confidential informant.

A task force officer reported he saw controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in the home on May 30. After more information was provided, police applied for a search warrant.

When police entered the home Monday, they found marijuana, numerous prescription drugs, salvia divinorum, drug paraphernalia and several firearms, including one that was confirmed stolen.

Gerry Ward told police he frequently bought and sold firearms. The confidential source told police that Greg Ward actively assisted with the buying and selling of firearms.

The investigation included the Mineral Area Drug Task Force, St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department and the Farmington Police Department. The ATF was called in to determine if any of the weapons were automatic or illegal weapons.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at tressel@dailyjournalonline.com.

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