A local council member was arrested Monday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.
Formal charges have been filed.
Park Hills City Councilman Steven Sutton, 51, of Park Hills is being charged with a class A felony of drug trafficking in the first degree.
According to a probable cause statement, on March 3, a Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department deputy initiated a traffic stop on westbound Highway 32 in Ste. Genevieve County. During the traffic stop of the car, which had three individuals inside, they all gave the deputy permission to search the car.
The deputy found a large clear plastic baggy containing what field tested positive for methamphetamine. All three individuals in the car were arrested and the amount of meth found in the car was determined to be approximately 404 grams or approximately a pound.
The report said consent was also granted to search a cell phone that was located in the car. Upon searching the phone, recorded phone conversations between one of the occupants and Sutton were discovered.
In the telephone conversations, Sutton is heard making payment arrangements and travel arrangements for a quantity of methamphetamine of more than 90 grams. Sutton was positively identified as the person being recorded by an occupant of the vehicle.
Sutton was being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $250,000 cash or surety bond. He was released after 6 p.m. Tuesday after posting bond.
Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or email@example.com