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Second person charged in drug raid

A second person has been charged in a drug raid that occurred earlier this month in Bonne Terre.

An earlier story released details of the bust, which involved Amber Denay Marler, 34, of Bonne Terre.

Now, Daniel Boston, 37, of Bonne Terre, is being charged with seven counts of a class C felony possession of a controlled substance. Marler was charged in the beginning of the month with two Class B felonies of distribution of meth; two Class C felonies of possession of meth; as well as possession of alprazolam; possession of clonazepam; possession of phentermine; possession of dextroamphetamine; and possession of lorazepam.

According to a probable cause statement, the Mineral Area Drug Task Force received information that Boston was distributing methamphetamine from his and Marler’s residence on Easter Street in Bonne Terre.

During the month of August, investigators went through the trash at the address and found numerous baggies containing meth residue, including a large vacuum seal bag.

Also in August, two separate controlled narcotics purchases were made by Missouri State Highway Patrol confidential informants. During the transactions, Marler provided the informants with crystal meth in exchange for cash.

In a separate transaction, an informant met with Boston to pay him a $300 past drug debt and they spoke about getting two ounces of meth from Boston at later date.

On Sept. 1 investigators executed a search warrant at the home and as a result investigators found several items including crystal meth, numerous drug paraphernalia items such as glass smoking pipes with residue, assorted prescription narcotics and a hidden bundle of cash.

Boston and Marler were both taken into custody and taken to the St. Francois County Jail. While in custody, Boston was read his Miranda rights and was questioned. He admitted to selling one to two pounds of meth per week. He also stated the trash located during the trash pull was packaging from meth he had taken to the house to sell.

Boston is being held on a $105,000 bond and has numerous prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and creation of a controlled substance.

Marler was also read her Miranda rights and she told police she had been using meth off and on for a while. She said she had only helped friends out by selling meth to them on four occasions. She denied any involvement in the purchase or transaction of bulk amounts of crystal meth.

Back on Sept. 9, 2013, Marler was arrested along with several other local people by the FBI for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. She was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.

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Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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