McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Dobbs announced that two drug≠related cases against Curtis Owen were resolved Thursday with pleas.

McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Dobbs announced that two drug­related cases against Curtis Owen were resolved Thursday with pleas.
Owen, 55, was charged with the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine stemming from a Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force investigation in October 2013. That case was set for trial by jury Thursday in McDonald County.
Owen, through counsel Darwin Groomer, entered a plea of guilty to a single count of manufacturing a controlled substance, a class B felony, prior to the jury pool being brought into the courtroom. At the time of the arrest, he was involved with an active methamphetamine lab at 2247 Splitlog Road in Goodman.
Owen also entered a plea of guilty to an unrelated charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, also a class B felony, regarding an incident in March 2014. He admitted possessing and delivering methamphetamine and marijuana to an inmate at the McDonald County Jail.
Both pleas by Owen were as a prior and persistent offender. The pleas were accepted by the Johnnie Cox, associate judge of Barry County. Cox was hearing the cases pursuant to a change-of-judge request by the defendant.
Owen will be sentenced Feb. 19.