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Drug task force: Business owner arrested on drug counts

An area business owner was arrested Tuesday morning by the Mineral Area Drug Task Force after officers say he was found with a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Brian Wayne Bales, 46, of Terre Du Lac, is charged with a class A felony of trafficking drugs in the first degree, a class D felony of unlawful possession of a firearm, and a class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon.

Bales was also charged in November with class A felony trafficking in the first degree, a class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon, and failure to drive in a single lane.

Mineral Area Drug Task Force Sgt. Donnie Crump said investigators served a couple search warrants Tuesday morning on Bales.

“We got him in November with about a pound-and-a-half of meth and we got him again today with about a pound,” said Crump. “He owns Parkland Power Equipment, and we served search warrants there and at his house simultaneously. We arrested him at his house.”

Crump said the November arrest came after an investigation. They picked him up on a traffic stop and found him in possession of the meth.

“He obviously didn’t stop what he was doing, so we did a longer investigation this time and served two search warrants simultaneously this morning,” said Crump. “There’s not a whole lot more to it than that.”

According to court documents, at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning a search warrant was served to Bales at his home in the 200 block of Rue Rene in Terre Du Lac. During the search several items were found and seized.

The report said the items seized included 454 grams of methamphetamine, more than 35 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, digital scales and more than $2,000 in cash.

A second warrant was served at Parkland Power Equipment, located at 4773 Flat River Road in Park Hills, where they found items that were also seized.

At that location they reportedly found meth residue and a short barrel shotgun, which was described as a black Mossberg 500 12 gauge with a pistol grip. It was noted that Bales is a convicted felon with numerous felony convictions.

Bales was booked into the St. Francois County Jail on a $250,000 cash or surety bond.



Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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