Police arrest Fulton man on cocaine charges

An officer with the Mustang Drug Task Force finishes searching the trunk of a vehicle parked outside a home at 709 Bluff St. on Wednesday. Mustang, Callaway County Sheriff's Office and Fulton Police Department searched the home for narcotics.

An officer with the Mustang Drug Task Force finishes searching the trunk of a vehicle parked outside a home at 709 Bluff St. on Wednesday. Mustang, Callaway County Sheriff's Office and Fulton Police Department searched the home for narcotics. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Fulton Police and a regional drug task force arrested a Fulton man on an outstanding warrant for drug-related charges and executed a search warrant that netted more than 10 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, a press release stated.

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Tyler Clark of Fulton

Tyler Clark of Fulton was arrested Wednesday after police executed a drug-related search warrant at his residence on the 700 Block of Bluff Street.

Police say they found more than 10 grams of crack cocaine and items of drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and packaging material, according to a press release from the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group (MUSTANG).

The MUSTANG release also states police allegedly apprehended a .40-caliber handgun and bullet proof vest.

When approached outside of his apartment, located near the corner of Bluff and Seventh streets, Clark ran away from police, but was caught near Advance America payday loan, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office sergeant and detective Shannon Jeffries said.

Several law enforcement vehicles from Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Fulton Police Department surrounded the residence Wednesday around 1:30 p.m., but traffic was still able to pass in both directions on Bluff Street.

Two other occupants of the residence, which is divided into apartments, were held on the porch by Fulton police and at one point were handcuffed, but were later released around 2 p.m.

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Fulton Police Department and Callaway County Sheriff’s Office vehicles surround a home on the 700 Block of Bluff Street on Wednesday as officers search the home for narcotics. Police arrested the home’s occupant, Tyler Clark of Fulton, for an outstanding warrant for distribution of a controlled substance and other drug-related offenses.

Jeffries said the other occupants, a man and a woman, were not the target of the investigation.

Investigators also searched a vehicle, owned by the female occupant, in addition to the residence, but she drove away when she was released.

Clark was arrested on an outstanding warrant for distribution of a controlled substance as well as drug-related charges. The drug-related charges qualify as a class B felony, which carry a sentence between five and 15 years imprisonment, according to Missouri Revised Statutes.

Prior to Wednesday’s arrest, Clark plead guilty in 2008 and 2011 to charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, according to Missouri’s online records system.

Clark’s bond is set at $75,000.

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