Crime

An Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) employee is charged with seven drug-related felonies in Shannon County related to three separate incidents. He is wanted on warrants totaling $130,000, according to court records.

Christopher C. Fry, 39, Eminence, was charged with possession of a controlled substance on Jan. 25 related to an incident that Shannon County Deputy Chris Vance responded to on Aug. 24 at Fry’s home.

Vance reported he arrived after a call that a woman there was intoxicated and trying to leave with a child. Vance said the woman denied being intoxicated and told the deputy she was trying to leave because Fry, her ex-boyfriend, had illegal drugs and needles and she didn’t want her kids around it.

In a search of the house Vance reportedly found a small plastic baggie containing a crystalline substance. Fry denied knowing the baggie was there and told the deputy he doesn’t do illegal drugs. Fry then agreed to a urine drug test and subsequently tested positive for MDMA (ecstasy/molly), THC, methamphetamine and amphetamine.

After being told the results of the test Fry reportedly told the deputy the results were wrong, that he hadn’t taken ecstasy in several months, and believed someone must have dosed him while he was sleeping.

On Sept. 12, Vance acted on information that Fry had large amounts of methamphetamine and carried them in a bag during his work at Round Springs. Vance traveled to Round Springs with a K-9 unit to speak with Fry.

Fry refused to give permission to search his work vehicle and denied there were any drugs in it, Vance reported. The K-9 unit alerted to the presence of illegal substances in both the ONSR vehicle and Fry’s personal vehicle.

A search of the work vehicle turned up a bag allegedly containing about 16.3 grams of methamphetamine and seven white pills identified as hydrocodone, Vance said. A loaded Smith and Wesson .380-caliber pistol, two glass pipes commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, three pairs of brass knuckles, several empty plastic baggies and a bottle of synthetic urine were allegedly found in Fry’s personal vehicle.

Vance said Fry told him the substance was methamphetamine cut with ecstasy and heroin and he already had buyers for it. He also admitted the pills were hydrocodone and he didn’t have a prescription.

Fry was charged Jan. 4 with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance related to that incident and a warrant was issued, according to court records.

That same day, Deputy Vance, knowing Fry had active warrants, pulled over a vehicle he saw Fry driving and with the assistance of Conservation Agent Zack Swindle told Fry and a passenger to exit the vehicle.

Swindle informed Vance he saw a gun on the driver’s side seat and after Fry denied having any weapons on him attempted to reach into a back pocket to grab a loaded .22-caliber Beretta pistol. The firearm on the seat where Fry had been was identified as a loaded Kel-Tec 22 Magnum.

A search using a K-9 unit reportedly revealed two plastic baggies with a crystal substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine weighing about .19 grams, a black bag containing several dozen small plastic baggies commonly used for packaging and distributing controlled substances, two weighing scales and a small spoon.

Fry was charged on Jan. 25 with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon/possession of a weapon and a controlled substance. The passenger also was arrested on active warrants, according to Vance.

Quill Staff Reporter

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