A Granby man will be back in court on June 30 for pre-trial conferences on a number of drug-related charges.
Noe Soto, 40, will be in Newton County Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo’s courtroom at 10:30 a.m. June 30 for proceedings on several charges, including drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, and endangering the welfare of a child. The drug trafficking charge is a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison; while the distribution count is a Class B felony that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison; and the others are Class C charges with a penalty of up to five years in prison. These terms on contingent on a conviction being reached.
Soto remains in the Newton County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond on the drug trafficking charge.
He and his wife, Bobbie Jean Soto, also 40, were charged with distribution of a controlled substance and child endangerment last November. A plea hearing is set5 for 2 p.m. June 16 before Judge Perigo in her case.
Earlier in 2013, Noe Soto was charged with distribution of a controlled substance in McDonald County. An updated court date was not available via electronic court records posted on Court-Net.
Soto was arrested on Jan. 4 by the Joplin Police Department on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He posted a $25,000 bond on Jan. 14 in the case.
He was to be back in court for a bond appearance hearing on Feb. 5, but didn’t show up for the proceeding. Later that night, he was stopped by Newton County deputies on Courtney Lane in Joplin for active warrants, which led to the drug trafficking charge.
“When they attempted to stop him, he was throwing items out of the vehicle,” Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said at the time of Soto’s arrest. “They retrieved those items and we recovered almost a half a pound of methamphetamine.”
A Sarcoxie woman facing drug trafficking charges will be back in court on June 23.
Kristi D. Price, 30, is set to appear before Newton County Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo at 9 a.m. that date for a pre-trial conference on charges of second-degree drug trafficking, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in jail if a conviction is reached.
Bond was originally set at $100,000 and Price was released on bond in late April.
The former president of the Pineville Parent Teacher Organization accused of taking more than $18,000 from that group will be arraigned June 3.
Jennifer Bishop, 38, is accused of taking $18,273.25 from the group between Jan. 14, 2013, and June 10, 2013. She faces a Class C felony theft charge, punishable by up to five years in prison if a conviction is reached.
The arraignment will take place at 9 a.m. June 3 in McDonald County Circuit Court. Fortieth Circuit Court Judge Timothy Perigo will preside.